Baisakhi or Vaisakhi is one of the popular festivals in India, celebrated by Sikhs and Hindus. The festival is majorly celebrated in Punjab with high fanfare and excitement, marking the Solar New Year. It also marks the Sikh New Year and commemorates the formation of Khalsa Panth cult of warriors of Guru Govind Singh in 1699. The festival also marks the farming time when the Rabi crops are ready to harvest. Sadly, Baisakhi was also the day when colonial British Empire officials committed the Jallianwala Bagh massacre on a huge number of gatherings.
On this day, Gurudwaras are decorated and hold kirtans, Sikh visit after taking bath in river or lake before visiting any community fair or Nagar kirtan processions. For Hindus, it is an occasion to bath in a sacred river such as Ganga, Yamuna, Jhelum, and Kaveri, visit temples and socialize.
Here we bring you some of the songs that you can listen in the spirit of Baisakhi
Mere Desh Ki Dharti
O Jatta Aai Baisakhi
Aaye Jhoomke Basant
Hariyala Sawan Dhol Bajata
Being the greatest festival of Sikhs, people celebrate the occasion by distributing ‘Kada Prasad’ among family members and friends. They take part in the festival by enjoying the delicacies of the day such as Chhole Bhature, Achari Mutton, Tandoori Chicken, Chicken saagwala, Pindi chana masala, Punjabi Kadhi and chawal, Dry Fruit Kheer, Fruit Flavored Lassi and much more. Men and Women together perform the folk dance—Bhangra and another traditional form of dance is ‘Gidda’ which is performed on a traditional Punjabi song. Gurudwaras have traditional songs, kirtans and recitations of holy passages of Guru Granth Sahib. People also take part in ‘Kar Seva’ which is a an offering of physical labor to assist in everyday jobs in a Gurudwara.