When is Vaiskahi 2012 – Well the Date for Baisakhi in 2012 is Friday 13th April.
Vaiskahi(ਵਿਸਾਖੀ) is celebrated on April 13th. It falls at the beginning of the solar year. It is a very important event in the Sikh calendar, as it commemorates the setting up of Khalsa(birth anniversary of Khalsa) meant to protect the dharma and withstand the Muslim onslaught in 1699.
Baisakhi(बैसाखी) is celebrated with much fervor in Punjab as it is a land of agriculture. The farmers welcome the festival. They appreciate the good Rabi harvest bestowed upon them.
Celebration of Vaisakkhi
People thank the Almighty for giving them a good harvest. Also the arrival of spring is celebrated. The Sikhs as well as other devotees from other religions visit the Gurudwaras. Vaisakhi processions are held. All over the world the Sikh community celebrate this event.
The procession is accompanied with much merry making like mock duets, Gidda dances and performing the Bhangra. New clothes are bought. Women adorn themselves with traditional jewelry. Sweet dishes are distributed. Fairs are held. Festivities are conducted on the banks of the five famous rivers in Punjab – the Sutlej, Ravi, Beas, Chenub and Jhelum.
Wrestling events and recreational activities are organized. People sing and dance very happily. It is a joyous occasion. People indulge in zestful body movements to the tune of music and ballads are sung.
Rituals of Vaisakhi
Before proceeding to the Gurudwaras, the devotees take a dip in the holy river. Before dawn itself they leave for the Gurudwaras with flowers and other offerings. Free lunch is provided known as “Langar” at Gurduwaras. People pray for a bright and prosperous future.
Vasakhi is an occasion for festivities. It ushers in spring and the good harvest. It is the day that Sikhs commemorate the formation of the Khalsa and reaffirm their faith in the dharma.