Guru Nanak Jayanti ‘GurPurab’: Significance of The Birth Of First Sikh Guru

Guru Nanak Jayanti ‘GurPurab’, know the significance of the biggest day of Sikhism.

Guru Nanak Jayanti, also known as Guru Nanak Gurpurab and Guru Nanak’s Prakash Utsav is celebrated as the birth anniversary of the first Sikh Guru, Guru Nanak Dev Ji. Guru Nanak, also called by followers as Baba Nanak, laid the foundation of Sikhism and Gurpurab is a festival which is celebrated everywhere by the devotees as a reminder to follow the Guru Nanak dev Ji and his teachings and overcome the five vices – lust, greed, attachment, anger and pride and devote their life in the selfless service of Humanity and God .

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When and how is GurPurab celebrated ?

Gurpurab day is celebrated on the full moon day of Hindu month of Kartik(referring to the Hindu Calendar which the Hindus use to celebrate some of their festivals as well). Gurpurab festival is celebrated Globally not only by the Sikh community but also by people from all across the world of different castes and  religions.

Gurpurab celebrations begins, early in the morning with Prabhat Pheris, a morning procession which along with Golden Temple is followed across all Gurudwaras. The morning session include Katha session, where teachings of Guru Nanak Dev are recited and ends with a ‘Kirtan’.

This is followed by organising a community lunch ‘langar’. In Langar, free food is given to the devotees and to anyone who comes in Langar despit their caste or religion and everyone has to sit on the floor mat at equal position so as the remove the social barrier between the rich and poor as in the Guru’s Dwar, everyone is treated equally despite the background. The celebration ends at the next moring with singing Gurbani.

Guru Nanak Jayanti is also celebrated widely in the UK and Canada. Devotees celebrate Gurpurab day by visiting Gurudwaras, doing selfless Seva, helping and feeding the poor, eating langar, decorating their houses and lighting diyas in the evening. In 2017, Guru Nanak Jayanti falls on November 4.

What is the meaning of GurPurab and How is GurPurab word Derived ?

The pious word Gurpurab has been made from joining two words Gur, which literally means the Guru or the master, and Purab, that is derived from the Hindi word parv meaning day, so the real meaning of the word GurPurab is ‘the day associated with the guru’.

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