Today’s article ‘Essay on Baisakhi‘ helps you know the meaning of Baisakhi (Vaisakhi), why is Basiakhi celebrated and how is Baisakhi celebrated in India.
Long and Short Essay on Baisakhi for students in English
What is Baisakhi Festival
Baisakhi or Vaisakhi is celebrated on 13th April every year. It is the main festival of Sikhs. Mainly, Baisakhi is the harvest festival of Punjab. It marks the beginning of the Indian new year.
Although, every part of India celebrates Baisakhi but by various names. Pongal in Southern region, Bihu in Assam and Vishu in Kerala. However, all the regions have their own manner of celebrating this festival.
Celebration in Punjab is worth watching because Punjab has a dual reason behind its celebration; agricultural as well as religious.
The first crop of wheat (which is the staple food of India) is harvested on baisakhi and offered to God amidst prayers and celebrations. In other words, farmers thank God for giving the crop fields all the favourable conditions required for bumper crop production. Punjab and Haryana who are the largest wheat producer states of India lead this celebration.
Why is Baisakhi celebrated
On this day (13th April), 1699 Sikhs were organised into a separate group called Khalsa by their 10th and last guru Guru Gobind Singh.
How is Baisakhi Celebrated in India
- At the making of Khalsa five men who volunteered their life for sacrifice were baptised with nectar and named as ‘panj pyare’.
- The dress code of Sikhs with a turban was officially adopted on this day.
- It was said that all the male members of Khalsa would suffix their name with Singh and female members with Kaur.
- On this day people unite in large numbers with their community to participate in the processions held for this festival.
- Bhangra and gidda are performed on the beats of Punjabi dhol.
- Men and women dress up in their traditional style of clothing and enjoy dance, music and food.
- People wear yellow and orange colour because these are the traditional colours of the festival.
Why Guru Gobind singh was the last Guru of sikhs:
Gobind Singh discontinued the tradition of gurus and asked all the sikhs to follow guru granth sahib (sikh’s holy book) as their guide and mentor. That’s why Gobind Singh ji was the last guru of sikhs. From that day Baisakhi is celebrated for this reason also.
All the gurudwaras are cleaned and magnificently decorated. People visit their nearby gurudwaras. Golden temple is the most popular gurudwara among Indians as well as foreigners. It is mandatory to cover the head before entering into a gurudwara.
Guru Granth Sahib
Guru Granth Sahib Ji is the central religious scripture of Sikhism, followed by Sikhs all over the world. The Holy Book is organized in the form of hymns written in praise of God, which describe the teachings of gurus and the right way to live.
On Baisakhi, the holy book (Guru Granth Sahib) is sprinkled with water and the sacrifice of panj pyare is dramatized in front of it. After a long procession on roads, the book is kept back on its throne and the teachings of great Gurus is commemorated. People listen to the musical verses sung in praise of God( called Nagar kirtan).
After this start food and feasting. A community meal (popularly known as langar) is served to all. This food is supremely delicious.
How is langar prepared
Langar is always vegetarian so that everyone can enjoy it. It is called Prasada. Cleanliness of kitchen, utensils, body and mind are utmost important. Gossiping is strictly prohibited and the persons preparing the food keeps on reciting Gurbani Japji Sahib.
It is a 24 hours free service in almost all the Gurudwaras and anyone can have it. At an average 100,000 devotees or tourists daily eat langar in the Community Kitchen of the Golden Temple but the number becomes almost double on special occasions.
Groceries and eatables are donated to the Gurudwaras by wealthy people of society.
Hindu New Year on Baisakhi
The new year in north and central india falls on Baisakhi because these regions follow solar calendar. Earth takes around 365 days to complete one orbit around the sun. This is known as solar year. While lunar year is of 354 days or 12 full cycles of of the moon.
According to Hindu calendar the new year falls on the first day of Vaisakh month which generally falls on 14th-15th April. That’s why Baisakhi is also celebrated as Hindu New Year.
Baisakhi Essay in English: Conclusion
Baisakhi is, thus, celebrated as the arrival of the harvest season, the establishment of Khalsa Panth and the beginning of Hindu New year.
The celebration of this festival is characterised by special prayers, ritual cleansing, sharing of meals, merrymaking, music and dance. It is a joyful festival preaching us to stay united and happy throughout the year.
|Harvest Time||When the crop is ripe and ready to be gathered|
|Bumper||Something unusually large|
|Staple||basic and important in people’s everyday lives|
|Hymns||Song or poem in praise of God|
|Rituals||A prescribed order for performing a ceremony|
|Preach||teaching a religious message|