Vaisakhi is the most important day in the Sikh calendar. Here are a few facts about an event celebrated by Sikhs in the Midlands and around the world.
- Vaisakhi marks the formation of the Sikh community in 1699, known as the Khalsa.
- The tenth Guru, Guru Gobind Singh, inaugurated the Panth Khalsa (the Order of the Pure Ones) on Vaisakhi Day, 1699.
- The principle of Seva (Selfless Sacrifice) is a central principle of the Khalsa and Sikh faith.
- Farmers consider Vaisakhi to be a thanksgiving day. God is thanked for a good harvest and the farmer also prays for future prosperity.
- As part of the celebrations, Sikhs often attend a Gurdwara before dawn with offerings.
- Hindus and Buddhists also celebrate Vaisakhi, but for different reasons including the beginning of a new year.