One of India’s most appealing qualities is its unity in diversity, where many religions and cultures co-exist in harmony. The fifth-largest religion in the world, Sikhism, is one of the many faiths practiced in India. On Tuesday, November 8th 2022 this year, Guru Nanak Jayanti, a celebration honoring the first Sikh guru, will take place. The founding of Sikhism was made possible by the spiritual teachings of Guru Nanak, the first Sikh Guru. A spiritual visionary, Guru Nanak travelled throughout Southern Asia and the Middle East to spread his ideals.
The birthdays of the 10 Sikh gurus are the focus of celebrations in the Sikh faith. The Sikhs’ religious views were molded by these gurus. Their birthdays, called “Gurpurab,” are times for communal celebration and devotion. The celebration of Guru Nanak Jayanti includes devotional processions, hymns, free treats, martial arts (‘Gatka’), and community service.
3 Interesting Facts about Guru Nanak
- Even as a young boy, Guru Nanak appreciated the company of spiritual men and had in-depth conversations with them on the essence of God.
- In his youth, Guru Nanak objected to wearing the holy thread known as Janeu, declaring that he would wear the genuine name of God in his heart as a substitute for protection. He reasoned that the thread couldn’t provide any security because it could be misplaced, burned, become dirty, or broken.
- When Guru Nanak was twelve years old, his father wanted to teach him about business, so he handed him twenty rupees and told him to start a company with the money. Instead, Guru Nanak used the money to buy food, which he then gave to the impoverished and holy people. When his father questioned him about the state of business, he responded by saying he had conducted “true business.”
How to Celebrate Guru Nanak Jayanti
- Inform the younger generation about the background behind the Guru Nanak Jayanti festival.
- Together with your family, read the verses and hymns from the Guru Granth Sahib (the holy book).
- Prepare delicious treats and share them with your neighbors.
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