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Happy Baisakhi!

Baisakhi is the celebration of the season of harvest. It is the celebration of completion, conclusion, and fruition. Baisakhi is predominantly celebrated in the state of Punjab and Haryana. However, nowadays, people across the country join in the celebrations with equal affinity and enthusiasm. According to Hindu Calendar, it marks the beginning of the year. Punjabis and Bengalis celebrate this day as their new year with joy and excitement. However, this is not a universal practice for all Hindus. Baisakhi has notable religious significance for Sikhs as well.

Guru Govind Singh Ji,  the tenth Sikh Guru, established the Khalsa Panth on March 30 1699. Sikhs celebrate Baisakhi as their foundation day with reverence. Under the leadership of Guru Govind Singh Ji, Sikhism became a symbol of purity, valour, and chivalry in fighting against oppression. Later, Maharaja Ranjit Singh, the first Sikh emperor was crowned on the day of Baisakhi.

Different parts of India celebrate Baisakhi in various ways, thereby giving it multiple names as well. Baisakhi is also known as “Poila Boisakh, or Naba Barsha” in West Bengal, “Rongali Bihu” in Assam, “Pooram Vishu” in Kerala and “Puthandu” in Tamil Nadu. Every state adds a new flavour to the celebration of Baisakhi.

Every state has its own way to thank the gods for the new and flourishing harvest. They pray for a better crop and harvest for the next season. As India is a predominantly agricultural-based country, festivals like Lohri, Makar Sankranti, Pongal, Nabanna, Ugadi and many more are the celebration of either the beginning or the end of harvest seasons. People join together as a community to offer their prays and gratitude to the Gods for protecting them and nurturing them through good crops.

Food is an essential part of Indian celebrations and every season and festival brings some traditional delicacies on the plates. Punjabis celebrate Baisakhi with Makke ki Roti and Sarson da Saag, Kadhi, Meethe Peeley Chawal, Kesar Phirni, Kada Prasad and more. Assamese delicacies include Narikolor Laru, Murir Laru, Ghila Pith, Poka Mithoi, and more. While Bengalis celebrate Poila Boishakh with Payesh, Sandesh, Aloor Dum and Lucchi and more.

On the joyous occasion of Baisakhi, Adda247 wishes you all the success in your endeavors. May God bestow you with blessings of new opportunities. May you receive the best results for all the hard work, diligence and sacrifice you have made to achieve your goals.

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