A performer at a Baisakhi fair
It’s the time of the year when the words ‘Jatta aai Baisakhi’ will be heard across the farmlands of Punjab and Haryana. Baisakhi is falling this year on 14 April 2017, and everyone is getting ready to celebrate the festival in their usual exuberant style. The day will start with people visiting their local Gurudwaras, where there will be special Baisakhi ardas to mark the occasion. Thanks will be given for the harvest reaped this year, and prayers will be made seeking blessings for the next year. Also Read - Any Coronavirus Patient Spitting On Others Will Now Be Booked For Attempt to Murder in Himachal Pradesh
Many Sikhs take this opportunity to bath in a holy river or visit the Harmandir Sahib or Golden Temple, considered the holiest of all Gurudwaras. After prayers, the entire community will sit together for lunch from the Langar. But the Baisakhi Fair or Baisakhi Mela is where you can find most of the festivities. ALSO READ: How is Baisakhi celebrated in Punjab? Also Read - MS Dhoni Daughter Cleaning The Lawn During COVID-19 Lockdown is Unmissable | WATCH VIDEO
Colourful, energetic and vibrant Baisakhi fairs can be found across Punjab and Haryana. People will throng to the fairs to witness the events and celebrate their harvest. Men and women will dress in their new traditional clothes and take part in the festivities, letting go of all their inhibitions and celebrating life and the start of a prosperous new year with joy and gaiety. Simply put, Baisakhi fairs are where you can find the soul of the festival, with families and friends travelling far and wide to visit them. Also Read - Deepika Padukone Flaunts Her Adorable Smile as She Enjoys Good Meal And Company in THIS Childhood Picture
The folk dances that take place in Baisakhi fairs are a huge part of their allure. Men and women in bright and colourful traditional costumes will perform the Bhangra and Giddha to centuries-old folk tunes. You will also find local singers performing celebratory folk songs with all their heart to spread the joy everywhere. The sweet music of folk instruments such as Algoza and Vanjli will resonate across the fair. Meanwhile, several stalls will sell the most colourful trinkets and beautifully-made handicrafts and toys. ALSO READ: Best places to witness Baisakhi festival celebration in India
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Another big draw of Baisakhi fairs is the food stalls. You can find people around food stalls in every fair, stuffing their faces with the special food prepared for the occasion. And why wouldn’t they; the food is absolutely delicious! You can find these fairs in every place where there is a significant Sikh population, which extends far beyond the villages of Punjab and Haryana. Amritsar, Chandigarh and other major cities and towns of Punjab will also host several big fairs.
Across the world, Sikhs will gather together to celebrate Baisakhi with their own special fairs. The UK sees big Baisakhi melas where hundreds of Sikhs come to celebrate their festival with gusto. Similarly, you can find big fairs in places like New York and Toronto. Some of these fairs even rope in popular Sikh actors and singers to perform folk dances and songs, making them even more special. ALSO READ: Baisakhi images from all over the world will get you ready for Baisakhi 2017
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