BAISAKHI ON ( 13th APRIL 2005 ) - PUNJABI'S NEW YEAR DAY
Baisakhi - Is celebrated with joyous music and dance, it is Punjab's New Year's Day. It falls on April 13, though once in 36 years it occurs on April 14th. The Sikhs, therefore, celebrate this festival as a collective birthday of the tenth Sikh Guru, Guru Gobind Singh, founded the Khalsa (the Sikh brotherhood) in 1699.
Sikhs visits gurdwaras (Sikh temples) and listen to kirtans (religious songs) and discourses. After the prayer, kada prasad (sweetened semolina) is served to the congregation. The function ends with langar, the community lunch served by volunteers.
Processions are taken out, at the head of which are the panj piaras. Mock duels and bands playing religious tunes are part of the processions. Schoolchildren also enthusiatically take part in them.