November Events

Fairs / Festivals November 2017
Month Festival Place
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 - Gurupurab

When: 4th November, 2017

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


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Guru Nanak Jayanthi Calendar
Date Day Year
14 November Monday 2016
4 November Saturday 2017
23 November Friday 2018