Gurpurab celebration

Gurpurab, the impressive birth day celebration continues with fun and frolic for three days. Generally, people from various places congregate in the Gurdwara and Akhand path is held on the day before the birth date. The charm of the festival is in the large procession (Nagarkirtan) that is organized one day before the birthday. The procession is led by the Panj Piyaras (Five beloved ones) and the palki (palanquin) of Shri Guru Granth Sahib. Kirtani Jatha is the next occasion which is celebrated. Various school bands, eminent local people, Gatka parties (displays mock fight with the traditional weapons) and hymn singing followers from Guru Granth Sahib are the celebrants of Kirtani Jatha.

The passage of the procession, Nagarkirtan, is adorned with flags, spiritual posters, flowers and banners. Banners and posters depict various ideologies and doctrines of Sikhism.

The holy book of Sikhs, the Guru Granth Sahib is taken before two days of the birthday anniversary of Guru Nanak Sahib and is read day in and day out without any break.

The celebration of the birthday of Guru Nanak Sahib, Gopurab, begins early in the morning at 4 or 5 a.m. The singing of Asa-di-var and hymns from Guru Granth Sahib both mark the onset of the celebration of Gurpurab. At times it is followed by Katha (disclosures), Religious lectures on Sikhism and recitation of the poems in honor of the Guru. Gurudwara hall hosts the Amrit Sanchar ceremonies. After Ardas, huge numbers of devotees assemble at many places for the distribution of Karah Prasad (Sweet Pudding). The Langar (food) is served at various places of the town. Everyone irrespective of the religion loves to eat Langar along with others. It continues till the end of ceremonies. Kirtan continues till the late night.

Punjab looks astonishing during the full moon day of Karthik (October/November). The whole state is seen in the delightful mood with the revelers who find themselves busy in celebrating the holy Gurupurab.

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