Vaisakhi, the most awaited festival among the Sikhs, has finally arrived. It marks the new harvest season in the Sikh calendar and the creation of Khalsa by the tenth Sikh Guru, Guru Gobind Singh. On this day, people of all ages get together to celebrate the day with great fervour and devotion. They clean their homes, dress up in new clothes, visit the Gurdwaras for prayers, participate in processions and do everything that takes to make the most of the day. But this year the scenario is different. The COVID-19 wave has pushed everybody indoors, and people are counting on domestic alternatives to observe Vaisakhi 2020.
How Is It Happening?
The VP of Gurdwara Sahib Subang has notified that they have been posting translations of the sacred texts on social media. They will share a video presentation of the same on the Vaisakhi day. One can also take a virtual tour of the Gurdwara Bangla Sahib near Connaught Place, Delhi from their official website ( https://dsgmc.in/) to be a part of the holy celebration.
Even if you can’t step out, you can still soak in the spirit of Vaisakhi by doing little things at your home. Red, orange and yellow are the three foremost hues linked with the Vaisakhi rituals. If you have a nursery at your place, you can pick up some flowers to make colourful garlands. You can also create a beautiful rangoli with some gulaal set aside after Holi. For curtains, sofa covers and more, try to pick up some bright linens. Or tune to popular Punjabi folk tunes and indulge in some bhangra spree at home, may be.
Vaisakhi is commemorated on the first day of Vaisakh month that falls midway between March and April. It also coincides with some other major Hindu new year celebrations like the Poila Boishakh, Vishu, Bohag Bihu and many others.
Let each one of us commend these new year ceremonies from home this time and appeal to God to put an end to this pandemic as quick as possible.