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Basakhi is one of the most important festivals celebrated by the Sikh community. It is primarily celebrated in Punjab and Haryana. However the Sikh community in Delhi also celebrates the festival with the same amount of enthusiasm. Baisakhi or as it is locally called, Vaisakhi is celebrated for three reasons. It marks the end of the harvest season, the beginning of a new year and the day Khalsa was established. Also Read - Demand for N95 Masks, Sanitisers Shoots Up Amid Coronavirus Scare in Delhi-NCR
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Though most of the harvesting traditions are carried out mainly in Punjab and Haryana, Delhi comes alive during Baisakhi to celebrate the new year and to mark the foundation of Khalsa. According to Nanakshahi, the Sikh calendar, Baisakhi falls on the first day of the first month of the year, Bikram Sambat. People visit gurudwaras and participate in readings of the holy Guru Granth Sahib. Most gurudwaras set up langars for people who pay their respects.
In 1699, Guru Gobind Singh established the Guru Panth who’re also known as the Panj Pyaare (Bhai Daya Singh, Bhai Dharam Singh, Bhai Himmat Singh, Bhai Mohkam Singh and Bhai Sahib Singh), the five beloved ones and the five Ks of Sikhism which include the kesh, kangha, kara, kachera and kirpan.
In Delhi, there are fairs and melas, dance and music performances organized in various locations in the city that are worth participating in or at least being spectators to.