2008 News Archive - Holidays - Celebrate the festival of Baisakhi in India

21 01 2009

Those planning to go on a family holiday in India this April this year may have the opportunity to join in the celebrations for one of the biggest events in the Sikh and Hindu calendars.

Baisakhi, which is also referred to as Vaisakhi, is celebrated by Sikhs who remember the founding of the fighting brotherhood Khalsa in the 17th century by the tenth Sikh guru, Guru Gobind Singh. The Khalsa is known for its distinctive Sikh outfits.

Traditionally, men perform the bhangra dance which depicts a number of agrictultural activities from the sowing of seeds through to the harvesting of the crops.

Hindus will also be celebrating as Baisakhi marks the new solar year.

Believers throughout India will decorate their homes with gold-embroidered silk flags and while pots of brass, silver or copper which will be dangled from poles.

Popular tourist attractions in India include the Taj Mahal.

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