India Celebrates Guru Nanak Jayanti

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Amritsar, Nov 25 (ANI): India celebrates Guru Nanak Jayanti today which is also known as “Gurpurab” which is the most sacred festival observed by Sikhs worldwide. Gurpurab marks the anniversary of the birth of Guru Nanak Dev, the founder of Sikhism and the first of the 10 Sikh Gurus. The festival is celebrated on a different day each year and it falls on a full moon day, or “Kartik Poornima,” in accordance with the Hindu lunar calendar. Celebrations begin a day before the anniversary, with devotees singing hymns and prayers in praise of the guru and organizing processions holding the “Nishan Sahib,” or the Sikh flag. During the processions, men perform “Gatka,” a Sikh martial art. Sikh temples, or “Gurudwaras,” also organize “langars,” or free community meals to people from all faiths and walks of life. Government offices, schools, colleges and stock markets remain closed in India on this day. Take a look at some photos of festivities from previous years.

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