Birthday celebrations of Guru Nanak begin today.
ISLAMABAD, November 02, 2009 (Balochistan Times): Sikh devotees from across the world marked the first day celebrations of 541st birth anniversary of Baba Guru Nanak on Monday with religious fervour. About twenty thousand Sikh Yatrees thronged at Nankana Sahib to attend the celebration and pay homage to Guru Nanak. During their 10-day stay in Pakistan, these Sikh Yatrees would also visit Gurdwara Dera Sahib in Lahore, Gurdwara Punja Sahib in Hassanabdal and Gurdwara Kartarpura in Narowal, said official of Evacuee Trust Property Board. About 2,000 Yatrees from India, 600 foreigners and 12,000 from Pakistan have reached to celebrate the birthday. The large group of Sikh Yatrees have entered Pakistan via Wagha Railway Station to attend various ceremonies and they have appreciated the security measures taken for their protection. Guru Nanak Dev, the first Sikh guru was born at Nankana Sahib near Lahore in Pakistan in 1469. Sikhs celebrate Guru Nanaks Birthday with the reading of the Sikh holy scriptures, the Guru Granth Sahib, continuously from beginning to end. This is done by a team of Sikh men and women, each reading for 2-3 hours over 48 hours, beginning two days before and ending early on the morning of the birthday. The Gurdwaras were decorated with flowers, flags and posters depicting various aspects of Sikhism. On the morning of the anniversary celebrations begin early, at around 4 or 5 am, with keertan (musical recitation of hymns from the Guru Granth Sahib) and katha (lectures on Sikhism). These celebrations go on until around 1 or 2pm. After this, Karah Parasaad is served. This is a sweet-tasting food which has been blessed. It is made from semolina or wheat flour, sugar and ghee (clarified butter) and is served warm. The congregation will then share a langar (meal) from the free kitchen. Celebrations may also include fireworks. Sometimes the festival extends into the evening, with prayers and humans continuing long into the night.
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|Publication:||Balochistan Times (Baluchistan Province, Pakistan)|
|Date:||Nov 2, 2009|
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