I’ve always believed that travel is an adventure for someone who wants to discover new and unexplored places. A person who has a zest for traveling must add “visit India” to their bucket list; a beautiful land of varied cultures and diversified traditions.
When planning a backpacking trip to India, you might have all the touristy places in mind, but for those seeking something new, do visit Punjab which is one of the best places in India to visit in April, as Baisakhi celebrations are in full pomp and show. Chandigarh / Anandpur are known for their Baisakhi celebrations among various other things and, come April, the whole countryside turns into one of the best places to visit in Punjab, India.
Baisakhi is the harvest festival of Punjab and marks the beginning of the new spring year. It is a festival of joy and celebration, with fairs organized throughout the state. It is celebrated with enthusiasm and traditional fervor and sets an atmosphere of zest and joy. It is traditional to wear yellow during this festival as a tribute to the freshly harvested golden wheat fields.
Baisakhi for all walks of life
Baisakhi marks the Sikh New Year and commemorates the formation of Khalsa panth of warriors under Guru Gobind Singh in 1699 and is also celebrated as the birthday of the tenth Sikh Guru, Guru Gobind Singh. Major activities for the festival are centered in Gurudwaras. For the agriculturally rich state of Punjab, Baisakhi marks the time for harvest of the (winter) Rabi crops, so Baisakhi plays a significant role for farmers too. It is an occasion where people from all walk of life in Punjab step out to celebrate.
The charm and gusto in the vibrant state of Punjab as people perform Baisakhi customs and traditions for the day with sincerity and devotion can’t help but leave you exhilarated. As a harvest festival Baisakhi is celebrated in open fields with energetic Bhangra and Gidda dance, by men and women dressed up in their traditional attire, as they reap the fruit of a year of hard work.
At some places, fairs are held where people rejoice and perform acrobatics. Baisakhi gets everyone into the festive mood and people like to dance their heart out.
In the Baisakhi Procession, the most sacred scripture Guru Granth Sahib is taken out with honor by traditionally dressed Panj Piaras, also known as the five senior religious Sikhs. Baisakhi processions move through the streets and lanes of the city and are accompanied by music, singing, and chanting of scriptures and hymns. Large numbers of devotees participate in the Baisakhi processions and are a wonderful sight to witness.
Baisakhi brings happiness in the lives of people and sets the start of new harvest year. Located amidst the countryside of Punjab, Aura Art Stay serves as the perfect location to enjoy these festivities out of, more so if you’re a traveler with a spark of creativity, the vibrant colors and contagious joy of this festival will leave you inspired!
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