Happy Vasakhi 2016 to all the Sangat and their family.
VASAKHI – the Biggest Sikh Celebrations
Every April Sikh Nation across the world come together to celebrate Vasakhi for Centuries. Vasakhi has marked the spring harvest and Panjabi farmers have celebrated this occasion with community gatherings and festivals.
Vasakhi took on special significance for the Sikh Nation in 1699, when the tenth of the Sikh Guru-Prophet-Guru Gobind Singh Ji invited his disciples to join him in the city of Anandpur Sahib. At the gathering Guru Gobind Singh Ji formally established the Khalsa Panth (Sikh Nation) and publicly entrusted it with leadership.
Every year on Vasakhi (13th April) Sikhs come together to commemorate and reflect on this significant historical event. While the Nation holds a special place in its collective heart for this occasion.
It is an occasion for celebrating the nation’s growth and for recalling a set of shared values and collective memories. In both its cultural and religious context, Vasakhi is fundamentally about our progress and celebration.
The development culminated on Vasakhi of 1699 when Guru Gobind Singh Ji established a formal order of committed Sikhs-Khalsa Panth- and bowed before its representatives as a way of indicating the transmission of corporeal authority. The Sikh theology urges cultivation of the individual self while also serving and nurturing the communities around us, an integration of the spiritual and temporal domains.
In 1699 inauguration of the Khalsa Panth also demonstrates an integration of the spiritual and political. The political aspects of this occasion are more apparent. Guru Gobind Singh Ji’s decision to pass on political authority to the Khalsa Panth took place during a period of intense political tensions between the reigning Mughal Empire and the Sikh Nation. In the Sikh spirit Vasakhi celebrates the integration of the spiritual and temporal worlds and it provides practical avenues for bringing these bear through shared values and practices. Vasakhi is fundamentally about nation celebration, progress and these values are at the forefront of the collective consciousness as Sikh gather together to mark the day.
NAGAR KIRTAN (Khalsa Parade Day):
Nagar Keertan beginning with Ardaas (Prayer) from the Gurdwara Sri Guru Singh Sabha, Sheehy Way. Nagar Keertan is a Sikh custom involving the professional singing of holy hymns throughout a community. While practiced at any time, it is customary in the month of VISAKHI (April) traditionally, the procession is led by the Saffron-robed “Panj Piare” (the five beloved of the Guru Ji), who are followed by the Guru Granth Sahib (the holy Sikh scripture) which is placed on a float.
Commonly members of the procession are unshod in defence to the displayed scripture. Likewise many cover their heads (non turbans individuals) with colour saffron or orange. The road before the procession is cleared by Sewadars (volunteers). Bystanders bow their heads to the holy Scripture (Guru Granth Sahib Ji). Parshaad (sacred food) provided them from the float that follow the holy Scripture (Guru Granth Sahib Ji and Langar (free food) from the stationary points near the vicinity of the procession. The procession conclude at the Ramgarhia Singh Gurdwara, Woodland Avenue, Slough with Ardaas (Prayer.