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Baisakhi 2009 – offering a humdrum of euphoria

Posted by atreyee on April 13, 2009

It is time for Baisakhi 2009 and the atmosphere is abuzz with a lot of frenzy. Once again, farmers all over Punjab are ready to harvest their crops and bathe in the delight of the occasion. Though Baisakhi (also known as Vaisakhi) is celebrated in many parts of northern India, its presence is strongest in Punjab.

 

Baisakhi 2009 finds itself in the digital age and thus the occasion is seeing to a lot of Baisakhi SMS flying from each corner. Baisakhi greetings are doing the rounds too. Not many of us know but there is still bigger importance of Baisakhi festival. The occasion is also used to commemorate the identification of Sikhs as a special group living by pre-determined sets of rules. The occasion relives this bond made with the secular country that India is. Its origins can be traced to ‘Khalsa Panth’ founded by Guru Govind Singh in 1699.

 

The sun enters Aries on the day of Baisakhi and thus the festival also marks the beginning of Solar Year. Just as the first rays of the sun touch the anticipating earth, many people in north India take a holy dip.

 

People across the lengths and breadths of northern India sing and dance and also have the best of Baisakhi recipes during this time. Baisakhi wishes are perched on each lip and even the enemies share “Happy Baisakhi” pleasantries.

 

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