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Guru Nanak Prakash Gurpurab - Official Birthday Celebration

By November 27, 2012

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When is Guru Nanak's Birthday?

The plain and simple facts are that no one knows exactly when to celebrate Guru Nanak's birthday gurpurab.

It seems Sikhs have picked the most convenient time  to celebrate as during the full moon which shines during the month which is exactly opposite the month of his recorded birth . It seems too many celebrations took place around the time of his actual birth (prakash), so a couple of centuries ago, (give or take a few decades depending on which calendar one happens to use), Sikhs matter-of-factly set aside a time when not a lot else happened to be going on.

Guru Nanak wrote:
"mannai mag na chalai panth ||
The faithful do not follow empty religious rituals." SGGS||3

There is nothing empty about the ritual of observing Guru Nanak's birth. In fact in many places the ritual of celebration is packed completely full for at least three days. The truth is that Sikhs make up for any confusion of dates by wholeheartedly observing the commemoration of Nanak's gurpurab.

In Guru Nanak's hometown Nankana Sahib (Pakistan)  celebrations go on for at least 3 days. First, an entire reading of Siri Guru Granth Sahib, the Sikh Scripture is read over a 48 hour period of time. Next, kirtan, the singing of hymns, begins before dawn and continues for 24 hours throughout the full-moon lit night as fireworks explode. Finally, Siri Guru Granth Sahib is paraded down the streets on a float through the town for several hours in a Nagar Kirtan, accompanied by devotees singing hymns and then returned to the gurdwara. All the while, langar, the Guru's divine dining, sacred meal service, is available for any and every hungry person.

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November 3, 2009 at 2:47 pm
(1) Khalil siddique says:

Sat sri akal ji. seeing how guru Nanak spent 10,000 years meditating in the etheral realms I wud agree theres nothing empty in this celebration. happy b-day guru Nanak dev j. :-) )

November 3, 2009 at 3:10 pm
(2) Sukhmandir Kaur says:

Kahlil ji
Good to hear from you.
I think you may be referring to legends that Guru Gobind Singh 10th Guru spent 10,000 year as a Rishi meditating in the Himalayas at a spot some consider to be Hemkunt Sahib.
Still it’s accurate to say there is nothing empty in Sikh celebrations and seem to swell with numbers with each passing year.
Happy Observed Guru Purab Nanak Dev Ji

November 3, 2009 at 5:32 pm
(3) Khalil siddique says:

Sukhmandir ji. this weeks been pretty hectic 4 me. sorry about the mistake I might b trying 2 memorize 2 much at one time. thanks 4 the info :-) did u get 2go to the parade in yuba?

November 23, 2010 at 3:40 pm
(4) SikhsRule says:

That is so true you lot

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