Bhangra

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Baisakhi, the harvest festival, is the most vibrant and colorful festival celebrated in Haryana and Punjab. The celebration includes folk dance and music, fairs and feast. Mela or Baisakhi fairs are the main feature of the festival in Punjab. The mela has it all from stalls selling food and handicrafts to folk music, races and acrobatics. The whole village come alive with vibrant colors and music. Folk dances like gidda and bhangra performed during the celebration are beautiful. The festival also marks Punjabi New Year. Also Read - Unlock Phase I in Rajasthan: Hotels, Restaurant, Clubs And Shopping Malls to Reopen From Monday | Details Here



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For the Sikh community, Baishakhi is one of the most important festival as it was on this day in 1699, the foundation of the order of the Khalsa was laid by Guru Gobind Singh, the tenth Sikh Guru, at the Golden Temple or Anandpur Sahib. The Guru tradition in Sikhism was discontinued and the Granth Sahib (Holy Scripture) was proclaimed to be the eternal Sikh Guru by Guru Gobind Singh. So Anandpur Sahib, the Golden Temple, is the birth place of Khalsa. Also Read - We Have Named Her 'Priyanka Twitter Vadra': UP Deputy CM's Jibe at Congress Leader

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The Golden Temple is located in the middle of a sacred tank and on Baisakhi, water from all the holy rivers of India is drawn and poured in to the tank. The temple is lit up for the celebration and it is a sight to behold. On this day, prayers are offered at the Golden temple by devotees.

Golden Temple

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For Sikh community, the celebration starts with visiting the nearby Gurdwara and attending special prayer meet. Most people try to visit the Golden Temple on Baisakhi. The Granth Sahib is read at the Gurudwara. After the meet and religious songs, prasad is distributed. The Gurudwara also arranges community lunch called as Langar, which is prepared by volunteers.  Another highlight of the celebration is the Baisakhi procession and everybody take part in this procession.

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