|Fairs / Festivals November 2017|
|November 4, 2017||Gurupurab||Punjab|
|November 14, 2017||Children's Day||All India|
|November 15, 2017||Pradosh Vrat||North India|
|November 16, 2017||Masik Shivaratri||North India|
Come November, and India is literally lit up with lights of different festivals. Let's take a peek into a few of them:
Guru Nanak Jayanthi is celebrated to commemorate the birth of Guru Nanak Dev Ji, the founder of one of the youngest religions in the world, which gives the simple message of "Ik Onkar" meaning "We are all one, with the One Creator of all Creation. This festival is celebrated in Punjab with great fervour by the Sikhs, and also by Sikhs all over India, and the world.
The Gurupurab celebrations start 2 days prior, with the Akhand Path of the Guru Granth Sahib, meaning reading the holy scripture of the Sikhs without a break in between.
On the morning of Guru Nanak Jayanthi, a procession led by the Panj Pyares (5 armed guards) is taken out. Known as the 'Prabhat pheri', all the Sikhs participate in it with religious music playing on speakers in the moving convoy.
All the Sikhs sporting new clothes converge to the Gurudwaras nearby and participate in the prayers and kirtans held there.
The highlight of every Sikh festival is the Langar, meaning the open kitchen, where the rich and the poor alike go to partake in a meal. Many also offer seva in the langar, meaning to help in the kitchen, in preparing the food, in serving and in cleaning.
|Guru Nanak Jayanthi Calendar|