Vaisakhi is a significant festival in Sikhism, as it marks the establishment of the Khalsa and the beginning of a new era of Sikhism. It has historical, cultural, and religious significance for Sikhs around the world.
Historically, Vaisakhi marks the day in 1699 when Guru Gobind Singh established the Khalsa. It was a turning point in Sikh history and marked the beginning of a new era for the Sikh community. The Khalsa was a collective body of initiated Sikhs who were committed to upholding righteousness, fighting injustice, and protecting the weak and oppressed.
Culturally, Vaisakhi is a time of celebration and joy for Sikhs. It is an opportunity for them to come together, participate in religious ceremonies and traditions, and reaffirm their commitment to the Sikh faith. It is also a time to celebrate the arrival of spring and the new harvest season.
Religiously, Vaisakhi holds great importance for Sikhs. It is a time to reflect on the teachings of the Guru Granth Sahib, the holy scripture of the Sikh religion, and to renew their commitment to following the teachings of the Gurus. Sikhs also offer prayers, participate in kirtans and langars, and engage in acts of service and charity as part of their religious observance.
In addition to its significance for Sikhs, Vaisakhi is also celebrated by Hindus and Buddhists in India as a harvest festival and a time to give thanks for the bountiful crops and pray for a prosperous year ahead. It is a day of great significance and celebration for people of various faiths and cultures in India and around the world.
It gives us great pleasure to announce the reopening of GURU NANAK SAR GURDWARA PORTSMOUTH This coming Sunday 08 October 2023.
All Guru jis Shardallu are humbly requested to attend.
A full programme with Recitation of Siri Sukhmani Sahib will commence at 10.30 am. A full Kirtan programme will be hosted (Raghbir Singh Rahi)
Guru ka Langar will be served..