Guru Gobind Singh Jayanti (5th January 2017)
It will mark the 350th Birth anniversary of Guru Gobind Singh
The festival is celebrated with immense joy and happiness in Punjab, especially in The Golden Temple located in Amritsar. People burn crackers and light earthen lamps to decorate their house just like people do on Diwali. Gurudwaras are decorated with flowers and lights. Days before the festival, people start cleaning the worshipping place voluntarily. They pay special attention to cleanliness and decorations.
Singing devotional songs, dancing on folk songs, displaying the valor by performing martial arts on streets in the presence of abundance of humans are also a part of the day. At some places, historical lectures are also organized. People also participate in poem reciting competitions and present their creativity in order to praise the tenth Guru and his teachings.
People from faraway places come to experience the grandeur of the celebrations of the day. The Golden temple is filled with people who wait for hours to just get a glimpse of Guru Granth Sahib. Local sellers and owners of small scale industries set up their shops near various Gurudwaras to attract tourists and earn a good amount of money for themselves. The atmosphere is filled with happiness and people’s heart with gratitude and contentment.
Guru Gobind Singh was a seeker of truth. He only wanted to see unity and brotherhood among all and this festival is celebrated with the same feeling. People come and work together for the betterment of society and spread the feeling of humanity, compassion and harmony. People also try to follow the philosophy behind the golden words ‘EkOnkar’ which means that we all are one and so is our Creator.