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  • Parkash Utsav - the celebration of the Divine Light, or Divine Knowledge
  • Lohri is Punjabi winter harvest festival. It is a cultural festival celebrated by all communities. It finds no mention in the Hindu Puranas or Sikh scriptures and is of Pagan origin. Its relevance is social but is celebrated a day before the Hindu festival of Makara Sankranti.
  • Maghi commemorates the martyrdom of the "Forty Immortals," forty followers of Guru Gobind Singh who had previously deserted him, fought bravely against overwhelming Mughal army forces and were martyred in Muktsar. Guru Gobind Singh blessed them as having achieved mukti (liberation) and cremated them at Muktsar.
  • Vaisakhi/Baisakhi - In Punjab it is celebrated for the Birth of the Khalsa, or Sikh religion. It is celebrated at a large scale at Harimandar Sahib, Amritsar. In Canada, USA, and other Sikh and Hindu populated areas, South Asians come together for a public mela or parade, and enjoy free food of all sorts of Indian cuisine. The main part of the mela is where a local Sikh Temple ( Gurdwara ) has a beauitful Indian theme float where the Guru Granth Sahib (Sikh Holy Book) is located and everyone must offer their prayers by touching the float.


  • Martyrdom of Guru Arjan Dev
  • Parkash Divas - is the day where the Guru Granth Sahib was instituted. Sikhs go to a local temple for a prayer, and hymns.
  • Diwali - On the day of the Hindu festival Diwali, Sikhs celebrate the Bandi Chod Divas. It celebrates the release of Guru Hargobind Singh from Gwalior Fort with him freeing 52 other kings as well. It is celebrated by lightning divas and going to a Gurdwara to listen to gurbani.
  • Guru Nanak Jayanthi On this day Guru Nanak was born in Nanakana, a small town in Pakistan. Every year Sikhs go to a Gurdwara and offer their prayers there. Sometimes divas are lit in front of the Gurdwara, in honor of the Guru Jis Birthday.
  • Martyrdom of Guru Tegh Bahadur On this day Guru Tegh Bahadur was martyred when he refused to convert to Islam. On this day Sikhs go to a Gurdwara for a prayer
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