Baisakhi is a festival jubilantly celebrated in the Punjab region by the farmers as their expression of gratitude to the God for the rich harvest of the Rabi crops and future affluence. It is also known as Vaisakhi for it falls on the first day of Vaisakh month as per the Sikh calendar. Being celebrated every year on 13th April (14th April once in 36 years), it also marks as Punjabi New Year. The remarkable religious significance of this festival lies in the fact that on this day in 1699 the foundation of Panth-Khalsa (Sikh brotherhood) was laid down by Guru Gobind Singh, the tenth Sikh Guru.
Astrologically, Baisakhi has its own significance. On this day, the sun enters into Mesh Rashi and hence people also celebrate this day as Mesha Sankranti. Baishaki is also celebrated in other parts of India with different names and distinctive rituals. It is known as ‘Vaishakha’ in Bihar, ‘Puthandu’ in Tamil Nadu ‘Rongali Bihu’ in Assam, ‘Pooram Vishu’ in Kerala and ‘Naba Barsha’ in Bengal.
Significance of Baisakhi for Farmers
Agricultural centric states celebrate the Baisakhi as the festival of harvest. It is time for harvest of Rabi crops and hence it has a huge relevance to the northern part of the country. Farmers wake up early, wear new clothes and visit Temples to express gratitude and seek blessing for good harvest for the upcoming agriculture season. Farmers enjoy the day with the trademark Bhangra and the distinctive Gidda dance.
Besides that, on the auspicious day of Baisakhi, Gautam Buddha had attained enlightenment and hence it marks a great significance to Buddhists.
How is the Baisakhi Celebrated?
In order to celebrate this auspicious occasion, people get up early to make preparations for the day. They get ready and pay a visit to nearby Gurudwara, also attending the special prayer organized for the day. The specially prepared Kara Prasad is served in the end of Ardas. This practice is followed by a special Langar or community lunch which is served by volunteers. Men and women convey their joy by the performance of the traditional Bhangra and Gidda dance with the cries of “Jatta aai Baisakhi”. Baisakhi fairs are also organized in many villages which are all and all the fun affair for all.
What to wear during Baisakhi?
This Baisakhi fit into the picture of celebrations with the best of ethnic wear designed for the auspicious occasion which will bring forth the true beauty of yours!
How about getting dressed in the Patiala Salwar Suit with colors in contrast and a colourful duppata draped around accompanied by a pair of Jhumka (beautiful long earrings) and Punjabi jutti which will give you a sense of completeness. Imagine yourself visiting Gurudwara in this attire, it will definitely add on to your joy.
While performing Gidda dance nothing better than wearing Lehenga and choli in all the bright colors allows you to perform the dance with ease. A heavily embroidered duppata adds to your grace .This dress would look incomplete without the accessories like Tikka, Jhumka, Paranda (braid tassle), baazu band, pazaibs and with a little makeup to make you picture perfect.
Traditional Gidda dress is customized for the Gidda dance which is unique and looks quite elegant. It adds charm to feminine grace and is also very easy to carry. The dress for Gidda is specially designed for Baisakhi with a lot of embroideries and motifs to give a very trendy look.
Baishakhi for Men is a synonym to a day dedicated to Bhangra. Men wear Kurta Pajamas with a lot of accessories and turban. Kurta Pajamas for Baisakhi is colourful and vibrant as ever with trendy patterns and cool colours. So what are you waiting for! This Baisakhi, let your attire be the expression of your joy and enthusiasm and add to your charm.