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Guru Nanak Jayanti 2024: Gurpurab Date, Wishes, Celebration

Published Date: 02-Dec-2022

Guru Nanak Jayanti is one of the most prominent Sikh festivals which 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. Guru Nanak Jayanti 2024 will be celebrated on 15th November (Friday).

According to Sikh literature, the birth anniversary of Guru Nanak is celebrated on the Full Moon day of the Indian lunar month, Kartik. Synonymous with Gurpurab 2024 or Guru Nanak’s Prakash Utsav 2024, this day is celebrated with utmost enthusiasm among the Sikhs throughout the nation.

Check about Guru Nanak Jayanti 2024 date, significance, history, celebrations, popular places, and wishes.

Why Guru Nanak Jayanti is Celebrated?

Guru Nanak Jayanti marks the birth anniversary of the first Sikh Guru – Guru Nanak Dev. This festival is the celebration of the teachings given by Guru Nanak. One of the main verses in his teachings in Guru Granth Sahib was the message of ‘Ik Onkar’ which means one God that resides in every creation in the world and comprises the eternal truth. Gurpurab meaning is to celebrate the birth anniversary of the Sikh Guru.

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 15th April 1469 which is Vaisakhi as per the Nanakshahi calendar at Rāi Bhoi Kī Talvaṇḍī village (present-day Nankana Sahib, Punjab, Pakistan) in the Lahore.

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 the 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. Some states like Punjab, Haryana, Rajasthan, Delhi, Uttar Pradesh, Uttarakhand, Madhya Pradesh, Gujarat, Maharashtra, Jharkhand, and West Bengal observe Guru Nanak Jayanti as a public holiday.

How to Celebrate in Guru Nanak Jayanti 2024 in India?

Guru Nanak Jayanti 2024 Celebrations

Guru Nanak Jayanti 2024 | Celebrations across India

Mainly associated with the Sikh community, Guru Nanak Jayanti is celebrated with utmost joy all over the nation. Not just Sikhs but even Hindus celebrate this day to commemorate the birthday of Guru Nanak. Some of the rituals that are observed during Guru Nanak Jayanti celebrations are:

  • People visit Gurudwaras and recite verses from Guru Granth Sahib, the holy book of Sikhism, on this day.
  • A grand feast called ‘Langar’ is served where people from all religions are welcomed. The purpose of Langar is to provide food to anyone who is in need irrespective of class, caste or gender.
  • Prabhat Pheris are organised early morning in the neighbourhood on the day of Guru Nanak Jayanti. The word Prabhat means dawn and Pheri means taking rounds. People sing devotional songs and the teachings of the Guru.
  • There is a tradition of helping poor people or the ones who are in need on the day of Guru Nanak Jayanti.
  • People from the Sikh community decorate their homes and organize a grand get-together.

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Best Places to observe Guru Nanak Jayanti 2024 in India

Guru Nanak Jayanti is celebrated with zeal across the country. People visit Gurdwaras and are involved in community services. Some of the famous places to observe Guru Nanak Jayanti 2024 are:

1. Punjab: The Golden Temple, also known as Harmandir Sahib is considered the holiest place of worship by Sikh followers. Multiple celebrations and feasts take place at the Golden Temple, and thousands of Sikh and Hindu families visit Amritsar every year on this day to offer prayers at the holy shrine.

2. Delhi: Gurudwara Sis Ganj Sahib in Delhi commemorates the martyrdom of the ninth Sikh Guru, Guru Teg Bahadur. Situated in Chandni Chowk in Old Delhi, this Gurudwara attracts devotees from all over the world. People also visit Gurudwara Bangla Sahib to pray and to take a dip in the holy water.

3. Haryana: Neem Sahib Gurudwara in Palwal, Haryana is an important place of worship for the Sikh community. The Gurudwara is associated with the life and teachings of Baba Nidhan Singh, a revered Sikh saint.

4. Himachal Pradesh: Gurudwara Manikaran Sahib in Kullu is believed to be a site which was once visited by Guru Nanak. People take a holy dip in the natural hot spring located in the Gurudwara.

Guru Nanak Jayanti is also celebrated in great reverence in Gurdwara Khandh Sahib in Batala, Gurdwara Pathar Sahib in Leh Ladakh, Gurdwara Sri Reetha Sahib in Champawat district of Uttarakhand, Gurdwara Shri Pehli Patshahi near Lakhpat in Gujarat. These Gurudwaras hold immense significance as they are associated with Guru Nanak Dev Ji.

Facts about Guru Nanak and Inspirational Sayings

Some of the interesting facts about Guru Nanak are:

  • Guru Nanak founded the youngest religion in the world – Sikhism.
  • Guru Nanak was born in Talwandi, Punjab (modern day Pakistan).
  • Nanak was named after his elder sister, Nanaki.
  • After the enlightenment, ‘There is one God’ were the first words that Guru Nanak uttered.
  • Guru Nanak’s first disciple was a man named Bhagirath.

Some of the inspirational sayings are:

  • Owing to ignorance of the rope, the rope appears to be a snake; owing to ignorance of the Self, the transient state arises of the individualized, limited, phenomenal aspect of the Self.
  • There is but one God. True is His Name, creative His personality and immortal His form. He is without fear sans enmity, unborn and self-illumined. By the Guru’s grace, He is obtained.
  • In this world, when you ask for happiness, Pain steps forward.
  • Burn worldly love, rub the ashes and make ink of it, make the heart the pen, the intellect the writer, write that which has no end or limit.

Best 20 Guru Nanak Jayanti 2024 Wishes List

Here is the list of Guru Nanak Jayanti wishes:

  • May this Gurpurab 2024 bring happiness and joy to you and your family! Happy Gurpurab!
  • May Guru Nanak Dev Ji encourage you to achieve all your dreams, bless you with peace and shower you with eternal happiness and joy. Happy Gurpurab!
  • May Guru Nanak Ji be your support and guidance throughout your life. Happy Gurpurab!
  • May Guru Nanak Dev Ji’s spiritual teachings enlighten you, and may you obtain whatever you wish for. Happy Guru Nanak Jayanti!
  • May the holy teachings of Guru Nanak Ji guide you through the correct path in life. Heartiest Gurpurab wishes!
  • May Nanak Ji be your guide! May he always bestow his blessings on you. I wish you a Happy Guru Nanak Jayanti!
  • May Lord Guru Nanak encourage you to achieve your hopes and aspirations in life and help you always maintain peace and tranquillity. I wish you and your family a very Happy Gurpurab 2024!
  • May Guru Nanak Ji enlighten your heart and mind with sanctity and knowledge. Happy Guru Nanak Jayanti!
  • I pray that happiness and blessings always surround you as we all get together to remember our beloved Guru Nanak Dev Ji and the commemoration of Sikhism. Happy Gurpurab.
  • Oh my mind, always keep the true Lord’s thoughts inside you and experience the bliss of peace. Happy Guru Nanak Jayanti!
  • May your life be full of golden days with Guru Nanak Dev Ji’s blessings. Sending you warm wishes on this auspicious day!
  • Always remember that Guru Nanak Dev Ji lives in our hearts. Do live in the bliss of Guruji’s care. Happy Gurpurab!
  • Happy Kartik Purnima and Guru Nanak Jayanti.
  • May Guru Nanak Dev Ji’s teachings illuminate your life with positivity and courage. Happy Guru Nanak Jayanti to you and your family!
  • I pray that you remember the true teachings of Almighty Guru Nanak Dev Ji and implement them in your life. Happy Gurpurab!
  • Guru Nanak Dev Ji’s teachings are a blessing and healing aid to everybody’s life. May you use those teachings in every step of your life. Happy Gurpurab!
  • May you find the strength to tide over all obstacles with his grace. Happy Gurpurab to you and your family.
  • May you be blessed with peace and love. Happy Gurpurab!
  • May Guru Nanak Devji help you achieve all your goals in life.
  • May this Gurpurab bring happiness and prosperity into your life!

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

Other Festivals in India with Holiday Type

Festivals in India Day Date Holiday Type
New Year’s Day Mon 01-Jan Restricted Holiday
Lohri Sat 13-Jan Restricted Holiday
Makar Sankranti Sun 14-Jan Restricted Holiday
Pongal Mon 15-Jan Restricted Holiday
Guru Gobind Singh Jayanti Wed 17-Jan Restricted Holiday
Republic Day Fri 26-Jan Gazetted Holiday
Losar Sat 10-Feb Restricted Holiday
Basant Panchmi Wed 14-Feb Restricted Holiday
Guru Ravidas Jayanti Sat 24-Feb Gazetted Holiday
Maharshi Dayanand Saraswati Jayanti Wed 6-Mar Restricted Holiday
Mahashivratri Fri 8-Mar Gazetted Holiday
Holi Mon 25-March Gazetted Holiday
Good Friday Fri 29-Mar Gazetted Holiday
Easter Day Sun 31-Mar Restricted Holiday
Gudi Padwa Tue 9-Apr Restricted Holiday
Eid-ul-Fitr Wed 10-Apr Gazetted Holiday
Vaisakhi (Vishu) Sat 13-Apr Restricted Holiday
Rama Navami Wed 17-Apr Gazetted Holiday
Mahavir Jayanti Sun 21-Apr Gazetted Holiday
Rabindra Jayanti Wed 8-May Restricted Holiday
Buddha Purnima (Vesak) Thu 23-May Gazetted Holiday
Id-ul-Zuha (Bakrid) Mon 17-Jun Restricted Holiday
Rath Yatra Sun 7-Jul Gazetted Holiday
Muharram (Ashura) Wed 17-Jul Gazetted Holiday
Independence Day Thu 15-Aug Gazetted Holiday
Parsi New Year’s Day (Nauraz) Thu 15-Aug Public Holiday
Raksha Bandhan (Rakhi) Mon 19-Aug Restricted Holiday
Janmashtami Mon 26-Aug Restricted Holiday
Ganesh Chaturthi Sat 7-Sep Restricted Holiday
Onam Sun 15-Sep Restricted Holiday
Milad-un-Nabi or Id-e- Milad Mon 16-Sep Gazetted Holiday
Gandhi Jayanti Wed 02-Oct Gazetted Holiday
Dussehra Sat 12-Oct Gazetted Holiday
Valmiki Jayanti Thu 17-Oct Restricted Holiday
Karva Chauth Sun 20-Oct Gazetted Holiday
Dhanteras Tue 29-Oct Restricted Holiday
Kali Puja Thu 31-Oct Gazetted Holiday
Halloween Day Thu 31-Oct No Holiday
Diwali Fri 1-Nov Gazetted Holiday
Lakshmi Puja Fri 1-Nov Gazetted Holiday
Karnataka Rajyotsava Fri 1-Nov Gazetted Holiday
Kerala Piravi Fri 1-Nov Gazetted Holiday
Govardhan Puja Sat 2-Nov Gazetted Holiday
Bhai Dooj Sun 3-Nov Gazetted Holiday
Chhath Puja Thu 7-Nov Gazetted Holiday
Guru Nanak Jayanti Fri 15-Nov Gazetted Holiday
Christmas Wed 25-Dec Public Holiday


Q. Why is Guru Nanak Jayanti celebrated?

A. Guru Nanak Jayanti marks the birth anniversary of the first Sikh Guru – Guru Nanak Dev.

Q. Is Guru Nanak Jayanti a national holiday?

A. No, Guru Jayanti is not a national holiday.

Q. How to wish Guru Nanak Jayanti 2024?

A. Famous Guru Nanak Jayanti wishes are Happy Guru Nanak Jayanti or Happy Gurpurab 2024.

Q. What is the message of Guru Nanak?

A. The main verse in the teachings of Guru Nanak is – Ik Onkar, which means there is one god.

Sargun Preet Kaur
Sargun has an appetite for challenges and creative hurdles that can help her grow as she conquers them one by one. With an innate desire to travel the world, she weaves through life by visiting her dream destinations. When not in her creative zone, Sargun loves to smash in badminton and binge-watch her favourite shows.

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