calendar icon Tue, November 12, 2019

Celebrated as the day when Guru Nanak, the Guru who laid the foundation of Sikhism, was born, Gurupurab or Guru Nanak Jayanti is an important festival in India. The word 'Gurupurab' comes from 'Gur' meaning Guru or master, and 'Purab' meaning day. Thus, it is the day that is associated with the Guru. Generally, the festivities last for three days, with the Guru Granth Sahib Ji, the holy book of the Sikhs, being read for the first 48 hours. This is known as Akhand Path that every member of the family takes part in. Members gather and recite the 'Gurbani' and try to learn the teachings of the Guru and practice them in life. 
How is it celebrated?
On the morning of Gurupurab, an offering called ‘Rumala Sahib’, which is a piece of cloth used to cover the book, is given to the Guru Granth Sahib Ji. Delicious prasad offerings are prepared alongside and shared by the whole family. Later in the day, devotees dress up and head the Gurudwara, where Shabad Kirtan, a musical recital of verses from the holy book, is attended. Devotees listen attentively to the life stories of the Gurus and the sacrifices they made for mankind. After this session, people get together for langar or the community kitchen, where food is served as prasad.
In the evening, homes are decorated and lit up with lamps and lights. People from all walks of life burst crackers and felicitate the festival.