Vaisakhi 2020 in India

Vaisakhi 2020 in India is observed on Monday, 13 April and regarded as one of the major Holidays 2020 in India. This day is observed as the Punjabi New Year in Sikhism as per the Nanakshahi Solar Calendar, and the festival of Harvesting. Baisakhi festival commemorates the birth of the “Khalsa Panth” under the leadership of Guru Gobind Singh.

It is also an important religious event in Hinduism. For many Hindu natives, Vaisakhi marks the beginning of the month of Vaisakh or Baisakh and celebrates the festival of Vaisakha Sankranti or Solar New Year as per the Hindu Vikrami Samvat. Let us know more about this auspicious day and find out Happy Vaisakhi wishes that can be used to send others.

When is Vaisakhi in 2020?

13

April, 2020

(Monday)

Vaisakhi	in India

Is Vaisakhi a Public Holiday?

Vaisakhi is an optional public holiday in India, with some states announcing it as a religious public holiday for the general population. However, most schools, colleges, educational organizations and institutions, and universities remain closed on this day. Many offices and businesses can be either seen operating with a restricted schedule for the day or closed for the day. However, some retail shops and shopping malls remain open and fully functional.

Public transport is available to help tourists and locals travel through the city, and however the schedule for public transport services aren’t definite and change accordingly. This festival annually falls on either 3 or 14 April and coincides with several regional festivals such as Bohag Bihu (Assam), Vishu (Kerala, Karnataka, Pondicherry), Puthandu (Tamil Nadu), Pohela Boishakh (West Bengal, Tripura), Bikhu (Uttarakhand), Ugadi (Karnataka, Andhra Pradesh, Telangana) and much more.

Baisakhi History

The history of Baisakhi holds great significance in both Hinduism and Sikhism. Vaisakhi, also called Baisakhi, marks the festival of harvesting and commemorates the day when the organisation called Khalsa Panth was established in the year 1699. This was the same day when the massacre of Jallianwala Bagh during the colonial British Empire was witnessed by the masses.

As per historical scriptures, in the year 1699, it was none other than Guru Gobind Singh Ji who chose those this day to establish the very foundation of Khalsa. Khalsa is a term given to a group of Sikhs who are baptized. According to the story, the Guru, after coming out of a tent and carrying a sword, asked the crowd about anyone who can sacrifice their lives for the sake of faith and religion.

He said that in case there is someone like this, he should come forward and enter the tent. After hearing this, five brave men appeared in the front and entered the tenth, with the Guru following them while holding a sword. After some time, the Guru appeared alone with a blood-stained sword.

To everyone’s surprise, all those five men too came out from the tent unharmed and adorning turbans. These men came to be known as “Panj Piare”, or the “Beloved Five” and were said to be the first five members of the Khalsa Panth. Following this, they were baptized with the holy Amrit, which became a ritual during the Baptism Ceremony in Sikhism. Their names were:

  • Bhai Daya Singh

  • Bhai Dharam Singh

  • Bhai Himmat Singh

  • Bhai Muhkam Singh

  • Bhai Sahib Singh

Vaisakhi Celebrations in India

Indians celebrate the festival of Baisakhi with great fervor and enthusiasm. They clean their premises, prepare delicious meals, dance, sing folk songs, dress up in fancy clothes, carry out street processions and organise several fairs and get-togethers. Women perform Gidda, whereas men perform the folk dance Bhangra while adorning the traditional attires. This day is observed as a holiday, where people pay a visit to the religious Gurudwaras and enjoy the Kadha Prasad.

This is a holiday when many Sikh natives decide to get baptized. Nagar kirtans are carried out in various localities and men and women are seen singing hymns from the holy book known as Guru Granth Sahib. The holy book is well-covered and taken out during the Nagar Kirtans.

The Gurudwaras are thoroughly cleaned by the staff as well as volunteers, lavishly decorated with lights, flowers etc., and religious programs are organized for the masses. Grand celebrations take place in the city of Anandpur Sahib in Punjab called Talwandi Sabo, where the Guru stayed for nine months and compiled the holy Guru Granth Sahib. You can see Langers being organized in several gurudwaras all around the world on this auspicious occasion.

Traditionally, the festival of Baisakhi has been observed as the Sikh New Year. As per the Khalsa Sambat, the formation of the Khalsa marks the beginning of the Khalsa Calendar. For farmers in the Punjab and other regions, this day is observed as the Harvest Festival, where farmers thank the Lord for a plentiful harvest and wish for a prosperous year ahead.

The traditional ceremony of Aawat Pauni is performed, where people get together and harvest the wheat crops while drums are played in the background. After this, people recite the couplets and have a great time together.

The day of Vaisakhi marks the ripening and harvesting of Rabi crops. This is significantly observed by Punjabi Hindus and Sikhs. The joyful cries of people shouting ’Jatta Aayi Baisakhi’ can be heard, and the environment remains filled with colours and vibrant emotions. Vaisakhi Fairs are held in several cities of Punjab, Haryana and other states. People can be seen adorning traditional attires, dancing on traditional folk songs and playing folk instruments.

Vaisakhi Symbols

Since the day of Vaisakhi marks the establishment of Khalsa, the Five “Ks”of Khalsa symbolizes the significance and tone of this day. These comprise five items that are to be worn by every Sikh and represents faith, purity and patriotism. Any Sikh who has tasted the Amrit or been baptized is known as an Amritdhari, and any Sikh who hasn’t tasted the Amrit but still follows the preachings of the Great Guru is known as Sahajdhari.

The Five Ks are:

  • Kesh: The long, uncut hair represents God’s perfect creation and emulates the appearance of the divine Guru Gobind Singh Ji.

  • Kripan: An iron dagger that must be worn all the time as a side-arm for defensive purposes. This represents bravery and protecting the innocent.

  • Kangha: A wooden comb supposed to be worn in the hair at all times. It is helpful in untangling the knots from the hair and keeping them neat and clean.

  • Katchera: A 100% cotton, shalwar-undergarment with a tied knot that signifies a soldier’s willingness to fight at a moment’s notice.

  • Kara: An iron bangle or bracelet symbolising the permanent bond with the community as well as God.

Happy Baisakhi Wishes & Greetings

  • “On This Beautiful Festival Of Baisakhi, I Am Wishing You All The Love And Prosperity, And A Life Filled With Happiness! May You Get Everything In Life! Happy Baisakhi!!”

  • “I Wish, On This Baisakhi, Your Life Gets Filled With All The Joy, And, You Get To Find Yourself In The Brightest Zone. Happy Baisakhi To You And Your Family.”

  • “Happy Baisakhi To You And Your Family. Have A Year Full Of Rewards And Lots Of Accomplishments.”

  • “May Waheguru Blesses You With Growth, Health And Peace On This Festival Of Harvest. Celebrate Baisakhi With Our Love And Joy!”

  • “Happy Birthday To Khalsa. A Reminder To Forever Stand Up, Speak Up And Fight Against Injustice. Happy Baisakhi!”

Vaisakhi Observances

Year Weekday Date Name Holiday Type
2019 Sun 14 April Vaisakhi Restricted Holiday
2020 Mon 13 April Vaisakhi Restricted Holiday
2021 Wed 14 April Vaisakhi Restricted Holiday
2022 Thu 14 April Vaisakhi Restricted Holiday
2023 Fri 14 April Vaisakhi Restricted Holiday
2024 Sat 13 April Vaisakhi Restricted Holiday
2025 Mon 14 April Vaisakhi Restricted Holiday

FAQs

1. Is Vaisakhi a bank holiday in India?

Vaisakhi or Baisakhi in {6} is an optional bank holiday in India.

2. What is eaten on Vaisakhi?

Meethe Chawal, Kheer, Sugarcane Juice, Sarson Ka Saag and Makki Di Roti, Chole Bhature etc. are prepared on the occasion of Vaisakhi.

3. Can non-vegetarian items be consumed on Baisakhi?

Usually people avoid consuming meat on such occasions. However, locals in some regions prepare non-vegetarian items on the day of Baisakhi.

4. Why do farmers celebrate Baisakhi?

Farmers thank the Lord for a bountiful harvest on the day of Baisakhi, and celebrate this day as Thanksgiving Day.

From the above information, it is evident that the festival of Vaisakhi 2020 in India is observed on Monday, 13 April with great enthusiasm.

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Quick Facts

This year: Mon, 13 April 2020
Next year: Wed, 14 April 2021
Last year: Sun, 14 April 2019
Type: Restricted Holiday

Baisakhi - Names in Other Languages

English: Vaisakhi, Baisakhi
Hindi: वैसाखी, बैसाखी
Punjabi: ਵੈਸਾਖੀ
Marathi: बैसाखी
Gujarati: વૈશાખી