Guru Gobind Singh Jayanti
‘Guru Gobind Singh Jayanti’ is a famous festival for Sikhs. It is celebrated as the birthday of the tenth and the last Guru of Sikhs Gobind Singh Ji. Guru Gobind Singh was born in Patna, Bihar, India, on December 22, 1666. Guru Gobind Singh Jayanti generally falls in December or January or sometimes twice within a year as it is calculated according to Hindu Bikrami Calendar, which is based on the lunar calendar.
Guru Gobind Singh was the tenth and last guru of Sikhs after his father, Guru Tegh Bahadur. Guru Gobind Singh gained great stature as both Saint and soldier a leader of firm spiritual principles and intense devotion to God. He was inspired to write many powerful spiritual compositions that infused a martial spirit in the people.
This day witnesses large processions and special prayer gatherings at all Gurudwaras. It is a religious celebration in which prayers for prosperity are offered. People sing devotional songs during the procession and share sweets and cold drink or sharbat among the adults and children. Special dishes that are unique to this occasion are prepared and served during the festivities.