Baisakhi Festival Coloring Pages For Students
What is the story of Baisakhi Festival?
In 1699, Sikhs from all over the Punjab gathered together to celebrate the local harvest festival of Baisakhi. The tenth guru, Guru Gobind Singh, came out of a tent carrying a sword. He asked anyone who was prepared to give their life for their religion to step forward.
A young man stepped forward and went into the tent with Guru Gobind Singh. Then Guru Gobind Singh came out of the tent alone with his sword covered in blood and asked for another volunteer. This happened four times until five Sikhs had gone into the tent.
Everyone was very worried that five men had died. However, they all came out of the tent alive and wearing turbans. The five men became known as the Panj Piare or ‘Beloved Five’.
Guru Gobind Singh then baptized all the men into the Khalsa. He said some prayers and sprinkled them all with sugar water called amrit. These five men became the first members of the Khalsa.
How is Baisakhi celebrated?
On Baisakhi, Sikhs go to the Gurdwara in the morning for a service.
Afterwards, they have a procession through the streets with lots of singing, chanting and colorful clothes. The procession is called the Nagar Kirtan.
In the evening, Sikhs have a special meal with family and friends.