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Guru Nanak Jayanti 2021

Guru Nanak Jayanti is one of the most prominent festivals of the Sikh community that is observed as the birthday of the first of their gurus, Guru Nanak. The founder of Sikhism, Guru Nanak played an important role in shaping and strengthening the Sikh community.

According to the Sikh literature, the birth anniversary of Guru Nanak is celebrated on the full moon day of the Indian lunar month, Kartik. Also known as Gurpurab or Guru Nanak’s Prakash Utsav, this day is celebrated with utmost enthusiasm among the Sikhs throughout the nation.

In 2021, Guru Nanak Jayanti day will be celebrated on 19th November (Friday).

Guru Nanak Jayanti History and Significance

Although there are no official reports about the origin of this festival, it is believed that the custom of celebrating Guru Nanak Jayanti is as old as Sikhism. Said to be one of the youngest religions of the world, Sikhism was founded by Guru Nanak, who is believed to have been born on 14th April which is Vaisakhi as per the Nanakshahi calendar.

However, there are a few Sikh communities who believe that Guru Nanak was born on the Full Moon day of the lunar month of Kartik, which coincides with the month of October-November of Gregorian calendar.

Therefore, different communities of Sikhs observe Guru Nanak Jayanti on either Vaisakhi or the Full Moon day of the lunar month of Kartik.

Guru Nanak Jayanti Celebrations across India

Guru Nanak Jayanti 2020 | Celebrations across India

Guru Nanak Jayanti 2021 | Celebrations across India

Mainly associated with the Sikh community, Guru Nanak Jayanti is celebrated with enthusiasm and joy all over the nation. Not just Sikhs but even Hindus also celebrate this day to commemorate the birthday of Guru Nanak. People visit Gurudwaras and recite verses from the holy book of Sikhism, Guru Granth Sahib, on this day.

People from the Sikh community decorate their homes and organize grand get-togethers. Multiple celebrations and feasts take place at the Golden Temple, and thousands of Sikh and Hindu families visit Amritsar every year on this day for offering prayers at the holy shrine.

 Best Places to observe Guru Nanak Jayanti 2021 in India

Other Holidays in November 2021

Event / Festival Day / Date Holiday Type
Diwali Thu 04-Nov-2021 Gazetted Holiday
Govardhan Puja Fri 05-Nov-2021 Restricted Holiday
Bhai Dooj Sat 06-Nov-2021 Gazetted Holiday
Chhath Puja Wed 10-Nov-2021 Restricted Holiday


Year-Wise Guru Nanak Jayanti Observances

YEAR DAY DATE Event/Festival
2015 Wed 25-Nov Guru Nanak Jayanti
2016 Mon 14-Nov Guru Nanak Jayanti
2017 Sat 4-Nov Guru Nanak Jayanti
2018 Fri 23-Nov Guru Nanak Jayanti
2019 Tue 12-Nov Guru Nanak Jayanti
2020 Mon 30-Nov Guru Nanak Jayanti
2021 Fri 19-Nov Guru Nanak Jayanti
2022 Tue 8-Nov Guru Nanak Jayanti
2023 Mon 27-Nov Guru Nanak Jayanti
2024 Fri 15-Nov Guru Nanak Jayanti
2025 Wed 5-Nov Guru Nanak Jayanti
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