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Vaisakhi 2024 Date, History, Significance, Celebration

Published Date: 13-Dec-2022

Every Indian irrespective of his or her religion is familiar with the Spring harvest festival of Vaisakhi. Also spelt as Baisakhi, it is celebrated throughout the country with various names: Rongali Bihu in Assam, Naba Barsha (First Rain) in West Bengal, Vaishakha in Bihar, Vishu in Kerala and ‘Puthandu’ in Tamil Nadu. In Punjab, this day is marked as the birthday of the tenth Sikh Guru, Guru Gobind Singh who formed ‘Khalsa on the same date.

Farmers observe Baisakhi as the beginning of a new harvesting season, ‘Vasanta’. Vaisakhi 2024 will be celebrated on 13th April with the utmost joy and enthusiasm all over the country.

Vaisakhi History and Significance

Vaisakhi 2022

Vaisakhi 2024

Also known as the Sikh New Year, Vaisakhi is observed either on 13th or 14th day of April, every year. Vaisakhi has been celebrated in Punjab for many centuries. According to the Sikh literature, this day marks the birthday of their tenth Sikh Guru, Guru Gobind Singh who chose this day for laying the foundation of Sikh brotherhood, ‘Khalsa’ in the year 1699.

The northern regions of India; mainly Punjab and Haryana, observe this day as an ancient Spring Harvest Festival. Farmers seek blessings from their agricultural land and begin harvesting their first crop of the season. As per the Hindu calendar, this day is observed on the first day of Vaisakh month i.e., April-May, every year.

Vaisakhi 2024 Celebrations across India

Vaisakhi 2021 | Vaisakhi Celebrations across India

Vaisakhi 2024 | Vaisakhi Celebrations across India

As mentioned above, Vaisakhi or Baisakhi is celebrated with various customs all over India. Mainly associated with the Sikh community, this day calls for an occasion to visit Gurudwara where devotees offer their services for preparing a holy feast known as ‘Lungar’ for the society.

On the day of Baisakhi, the air is filled with the rhythmic beats of dhol, the aroma of delicious traditional delicacies, bhangra and gidda dances, and the vibrant colours of festive attire. Major celebrations take place at the Golden Temple in Amritsar where millions of Sikhs and Hindus visit to offer prayers.

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Farmers treat this day as ‘Thanksgiving’; they express gratitude towards the Almighty for the blessing of the harvest and the beginning of a new season. In Bihar, Vaisakhi is observed as a day to honour the Sun God, Surya. People in Kashmir, organize festivities and a ceremonial bath to celebrate Vaisakhi whereas people in Himachal Pradesh, visit the Jwalamukhi Temple to take a holy dip in the natural hot spring.

Rituals of Vaisakhi

The day of Baisakhi begins with devotees visiting gurdwaras, where they participate in special prayers, expressing gratitude for the bountiful harvest and seeking blessings for prosperity and happiness. One of the most iconic rituals of Vaisakhi is the Nagar Kirtan, a colourful procession where the Sikh community comes together, singing Gurbani and Shabads (divine hymns). Additionally, devotees engage in community service by offering free meals, known as langar, to everyone irrespective of caste, creed, or religion, embodying the spirit of equality and compassion.

Best Places to Observe Vaisakhi 2024 Celebration in India

In India, several destinations stand out for their grand Vaisakhi celebrations, offering visitors an immersive experience of the rich Sikh culture and traditions. Some of the popular places to observe Baisakhi 2024 are:

  • Amritsar: Amritsar comes alive during the Baisakhi date with the Golden Temple bathed in lights and fervour. The streets resonate with the soul-stirring sounds of ‘Gurbani’ hymns, and the ‘Nagar Kirtan’ procession fills the air with joyous chants and colourful floats. The Golden Temple is illuminated with lights and adorned with festive decorations.
  • Anandpur Sahib: The birthplace of the Khalsa Panth, Anandpur Sahib hosts one of the most magnificent Baisakhi celebrations in India. The ‘Holla Mohalla’ festival, featuring mock battles, martial arts displays, and spiritual gatherings, draws thousands of devotees and tourists every year.
  • Delhi: In the capital city, Vaisakhi is celebrated with great zeal at Bangla Sahib Gurudwara. Devotees take part in community service by preparing and distributing Kada Prasad and Langar.
    Hemkund Sahib, Uttarakhand: Hemkund Sahib Gurudwara holds special significance during Vaisakhi. Devotees trek to reach the gurudwara, where they participate in prayers and seek spiritual solace in the serene surroundings.
  • Haryana: People gather to mark the onset of the harvest season with traditional folk music, energetic bhangra performances, and mouthwatering feasts.

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

FAQs

Q. When is Baisakhi 2024 date?

A. Baisakhi 2024 will be celebrated on 13th April 2024.

Q. Is Vaisakhi 2024 a public holiday?

A. Vaisakhi 2024 is an optional holiday.

Q. Are Baisakhi 2024 and Lohri 2024 same?

A. Lohri 2024 and Baisakhi 2024 are distinct festivals that both celebrate the advent of the harvest season but in different months.

Q. Which states will celebrate Vaisakhi 2024?

A. Baisakhi 2024 will be majorly celebrated in Punjab, Haryana, Delhi, Himachal Pradesh, and Uttarakhand.

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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