Guru Nanak Jayanti 2015, Birthday, Greetings, Gurpurab 2015 Celebrations in India
Guru Nanak Jayanti 2015: Guru Nanak Birthday is celebrated all over the world with great pomp and show. It is also celebrated as Guru Nanak Jayanti every year. It is going to be celebrated on 25th November this year. Guru Nanak was born on the day of Kartik Purnima as per Hindu lunar calendar and his birthday is celebrated on the same day all over the world. He was the founder of Sikh religion and the first Guru or Sikhs.
Guru Nanak birthday is a day of great rejoicing. There is widespread enjoyment and happiness. Sikh community celebrates the birth anniversary of Guru Nanak with great religious fervor. The celebrations of the day begin in the morning with early morning processions called as the ‘prabhat pheri’ starting at a local gurudwara going through the neighbourhood chanting verses and singing hymns.
Guru Nanak Jayanti is a three day celebration and during these three days there is continuous reading of the Guru Granth Sahib, from beginning to end, without a break. The celebrations include carrying the special Sikh possession Guru Granth Sahib with pride on a beautifully decorated float and accompanied by musicians and five armed guards (who represent the panj piaras). At gurudwaras, prayers and kirtans are organized followed by the community meals (langar) where people of all the religions and communities are welcomed warmly.
Gurpurab 2015 Celebrations in India: Guru Nanak Gurpurab is also known as Guru Nanak’s Prakash Utsav and Guru Nanak Jayanti and is celebrated with great passion by the Sikh community on the birthday of Sikh’s first Guru and founder of Sikhism, Guru Nanak. Not only do Sikhs, Hindus and many other followers of Guru Nanak’s philosophy also celebrate this festival with great rejoice.
Guru Nanak Gurpurab is celebrated on Kartik Poornima, the full moon day in the month of Kartik according to the Hindu lunar calendar. As per the Georgian calendar, the celebrations generally fall in the month of November and the dates of celebration vary every year. It is a gazetted holiday in India.
The birthdays of all the Sikh Gurus are celebrated as Gurpurab (or Gurpurb). The celebrations of the entire Gurus’ birthdays are similar. The only difference is in the hymns. The celebrations generally begin with the Prabhat Pheris i.e. early morning processions that begin at the Gurudwaras and proceed around the localities singing hymns.
Two days before the birthday, a forty-eight-hour non-stop reading of the Guru Granth Sahib, the holy book of the Sikhs known as the Akhand Path takes place in all Gurudwaras. Nagarkirtans are also organized. On the day of Gurupurab, community meals (langar) are organized where people of all the religions and communities are welcomed warmly.