Guru Nanak Jayanti 2019: Guru Nanak Gurpurab also understood as Guru Nanak Jayanti and Guru Nanak Ji’s Prakash Utsav is a famous festival for people who follow Sikhism. It is dedicated to commemorate the birth of the first Sikh Guru, Guru Nanak Dev Ji. It is the most important festival for the Sikh community and celebrates with a lot of devotion and reverence.
The festival celebrates on the day of Kartik Poornima, which is the fifteenth lunar day in the month of Kartik Hindu calendar, and usually falls in Oct and Nov as per the Gregorian calendar.
Guru Nanak Jayanti 2019 year will consider the 550th birth anniversary of Guru Nanak Dev Ji and will be celebrated on Tuesday, 12th Nov 2019.
On 15th Apr 1469, Guru Nanak Dev Ji was born at Rai Bhoi Ki Talwandi, near Lahore, which is the present-day Sekhpura district of Pakistan. A Gurudwara built birthplace. The town is also known as Nankana Sahib and located in the Punjab province of Pakistan. Guru Nanak Dev Ji regards as a religious teacher who established Sikhism in the 15th century. He began writing the Guru Granth Sahib and composed 974 hymns in it.
The main verses from the Guru Granth Sahib elaborate that the creator of the universe was one. His poems also propagate selfless service to humanity, prosperity and social justice for all irrespective of any demographic differences. Sikhism also forbids the concept of messengers and reincarnation. The role of a Guru as a spiritual and social master forms the base of the Sikh religion.
Celebrations start two days before the day of Guru Nanak Jayanti in the Gurudwaras. A 48 hour non-stop recitation of the Guru Granth Sahib, called Akhand Path, is held. A day before Guru Nanak Dev Ji’s birthday a procession called Nagarkirtan is organised. The procession led by five men, referred to as the Panj Pyare, holding the Sikh triangular flag, Nishan Sahib.
The holy Guru Grant Sahib placed in a palanquin during the procession. People sing hymns in groups and play traditional musical instruments and also display their martial arts skills. The joyful procession passes through streets decorated with flags and flowers.