BAISAKHI or VAISAKHI
Baisakhi marks ushering in the New Year,
Of Vikrami Samvat Calendar,
A lunar calendar based on ancient Hindu tradition of yore,
Falling, Surprising on 13th April on every year!
When new resolutions are made,
And old ones introspected,
A festival known variously in countless parts of our land.
Whilst the farmers toil in the fields on months on ends,
Tilling lands from morn till fall of night,
Occasionally forgetting even siesta and meals,
Sow seeds and water the crop that grows,
Bestowing care for the crop in the fields,
Observes its growth with keenness,
So that his crop’s yield may surge,
Like he observes the growth of his dear ones at home.
On this auspicious day the farmers,
Having collected all the harvested crops,
Join together in singing, merrymaking with full gusto,
Celebrate Baisakha with Bhangra and gidha at full throttle,
In their colourful mesmeric folk attires,
Distributing sweets and good wishes in delight,
At the holy monuments of ‘pirs’ and ‘fakirs’,
Known for their piousness and ocean of wisdom,
Offer prayers for the prosperity all around,
And also for their crop yield to grow, years after years.
The nature too is at its colorful best,
With flowers emitting fragrance,
The blanket of greenery spreading,
Everywhere your eyes could see,
Making the environs invigorating and heady indeed,
Surprisingly without even intoxicating agent!
This day too has a history of its own,
Guru Gobind Singh established Khalsa Panth,
To bestow security to the hapless,
People too gather in various Gurudwaras,
Shri Golden Temple emits its splendour as ever,
Devout take a dip in the holy tank,
And pray for wellbeing of nears and dears.
India is a land of festivals. All festivals are in commemoration of certain historical events, change of season, cultural and religious events, traditional based et al. The well-known amongst several ones are Dussehra, Diwali, Eid, Gurpurbh, Lohri, Holi and others having regional leanings. In all these festivals, people of all hues celebrate with gaiety and religious fervour. Baisakhi is generally celebrated in Northern India on 13th OR 14th April every year. It is also a starting of New Year of Vikrami Samvat Calendar.
Baisakhi or Vaisakhi: It is celebrated due to the following reasons:-
- It is celebrated on the occasion of 1st day of Baisakh month of Bikrami Calendar (samat).
- BAISAKHI is a seasonal festival and it is especially celebrated in Punjab region and in Jammu province.
- After harvesting the wheat crop the farmers feel joyous and to express their joy they celebrate it by staging Bhangra in different groups, Bhangra competitions are also held and award presented to the one which wins this competition. This is in the form of fairs (melas) wherein people gather in majority and make merry. Different stalls selling wooden crafts and other household earthen wares are sold there at reasonable prices. Then there are the stalls selling the seasonal fruits like water melon, musk melon etc make brisk sales. All age group people including children enjoy Baisakhi fair.
- Baisakhi also affords an opportunity or an occasion to thank God for bestowing the formers with bountiful crops besides praying for more crops in future too.
- Baisakhi has special significance for Sikhs since on this day, Khalsa Panth was established by 10th Sikh Guru Gobind Singh. On this day Sadh Sangat take organise religious congregations and sing prayers and rhymes from Sri Granth Sahib.
- Hindus and Budhists too worship Baisakhi with zeal and jest. Hindus take sacred bath in River Ganges They pray to God for His grace. Even in parts South India this day is celebrated but with different name.
With this intention in view, I have penned down a poem on Baisakhi. Kindly comment.