Guru Nanak Jayanti
The most significant holiday for Sikhs is Guru Nanak Jayanti, often referred to as Gurpurab. It is observed to commemorate Guru Nanak Dev’s birth anniversary, who was the first Sikh Guru. The holiday is observed on Kartik Poornima, the fifteenth lunar day of Kartik in the Hindu calendar, which often occurs in the month of November according to the Gregorian calendar.
This year, the Sikh community will celebrate Prakash Utsav, also known as Guru Purab, which is the 552nd anniversary of Guru Nanak’s birth. The first of the ten Sikh gurus, Guru Nanak, is credited with spreading knowledge throughout the world.
Guru Nanak Jayanti 2022: History
Guru Nanak Dev is renowned for his ability to reach God via prayer and for the fact that his teachings discouraged making sacrifices. The holy text known as Guru Granth Sahib contains a compilation of his teachings. This religious scripture, which Sikhs regarded as the ultimate, supreme, and immortal Guru, served as the center of Sikhism. The premise of the work is the conviction that there is only one universe-creator.
The devotees of Guru Nanak honor his teachings and commemorate his accomplishments on this day known as Guru Nanak Jayanti.
Akhand Path, a forty-eight-hour continuous reading of the Guru Granth Sahib, the Sikhs’ sacred book, is a part of the festival and is held in Gurudwaras just two days before the event.
All Sikhs celebrate the same way in general; the only difference is the hymns. Prabhat Pheris usually kicks off the festivities. Prabhat Pheris are hymn-sung early-morning processions that leave from Gurudwaras and circle the neighborhood. Akhand Path, a forty-eight-hour continuous reading of the Guru Granth Sahib, the holy book of the Sikhs, is typically held in the Gurdwaras two days before the birthday.
The celebrations start early in the morning on Gurpurab day, between 4 and 5 a.m. Amrit Vela is the name given to this hour of the day. When the day starts, Asaa-Ki-Vaar is sung. Any combination of Katha and Kirtan in honor of the Guru is then sung after this. The Langar, a special community lunch that is organized at the Gurudwaras by volunteers, comes next. Everyone should be provided with food in the spirit of service and devotion, regardless of gender, caste, class, or religion, according to the philosophy behind the free communal meal.
Some Gurudwaras also have night prayer sessions, which start at sunset with the recitation of Rehras (evening prayer), and continue with Kirtan till late at night.
Guru Nanak Jayanti 2022: Wishes
- I pray that Wahe Guru fulfills all of your wishes.
- Greetings on Guru Nanak Jayanti in 2021.
- May Guru Nanak Dev Ji shower you with blessings and grant all of your requests.
- I pray that Guru Nanak Ji’s holiness may lead you to the right path in life.
- Best wishes to Gurpurab!