Sikh Festival Calendar 2021 features Sikh Holidays for the year 2021 with there dates. Check out dates for Gurupurabs and Sikh Festivals in 2021.
Sikh Calendar 2021: Festivals and Gurupurab
Sikh Festivals in India - Sikhism is one of the important religions in India and there are many festivals celebrated by Sikh/Punjabi community. Most of the Sikh festivals are events to commensurate the birth and teachings of 10 gurus of Sikhs and their teachings. The birthdays of all Gurus especially the first and last Sikh Guru is celebrated on a grand level. The other festivals that hold significant importance in Sikh festival calendar are Baisakhi, Hola Mohalla and Diwali.
Sikhs practice worshipping an omnipresent divine power. They rather venerate their Gurus, various milestones achieved by the gurus and their teachings. Some of the Hindu festivals like Diwali are also celebrated by the Sikhs but with a completely different reason and philosophy.
Sikhs worship Guru Granth Sahib Ji - a holy scripture for the Sikhs, which was compiled by their first Guru Nanak Sahib ji. His successors further edited and added on into the holy book. Devotees even circumambulate this Holy Scripture and bow their heads in devotion before it. Various festivals celebrated in Sikhism are celebrated by taking the scripture out in public processions.
Sikh festivals mainly encompass the birth days of their ten gurus. The birthday of gurus is celebrated with an unmatched vigor and Guru Granth Sahib Ji, the scripture is taken out from gurudwaras on a decorated palanquin and public processions follow it. Fireworks, distribution of sweets as Prasad and feasts at the gurudwara are all an inseparable part of these festivities. Music is considered to be the strongest medium to connect with the Supreme in Sikhism hence playing of gurbani (musical reading of the scripture); hearty dances and their martial arts display treat the eyes of viewers during the festivals.
Some of the most important Sikh festivals include birthday celebration of their first Guru Sri Guru Nank Dev Ji, his successors' birth days, Hola Mohalla, Baisakhi and Deepawali. Hola Mohalla can be equaled to an Olympics event. It is celebrated in the month of March and may co-incidentally fall on the day of Sikh New Year even. It is a week long event where Sikhs camp out and enjoy public display of their bravery and prowess. These displays are further followed by musical kirtans. Another quite interesting aspect of the festivals is that the entire Sikh sangat partaking in the festivities eats in parallel queues, also known as pangats. Vegetarian meal only is served in such feasts. On the concluding day of this festival, a military like long procession is taken out. Baisakhi is another major Sikh festival that commemorates the foundation of Khalsa panth. It is therefore celebrated with unmatched enthusiasm. Devotees flock the birthplace of their Khalsa philosophy, that is, Anandpur Sahib gurudwara. Other main places of worship including Golden temple in Amritsar and Gurudwara Sri Bangla Sahib Ji in Delhi also celebrate Baisakhi with great fanfare.
Know more on famous Sikh holidays and festivals celebrated by Sikhs and Punjabis all over India and worldwide.
Sikh (Nanakshahi) Calendar 2021
|Sikh Holiday Dates in 2021|
|Date||Day||Holiday / Festival||Parkash / Joti Jot|
|January 13, 2021||Wednesday||Lohri||Punjabi winter folk festival|
|January 20, 2021||Wednesday||Guru Gobind Singh Jayanti||Birth Anniversary|
|March 14, 2021||Sunday||Nanakshahi Sammat 553 - Sikh New Year||Nanakshahi Calendar|
|March 23, 2021||Tuesday||Shaheed Bhagat Singh Martyrdom day||Martyrdom day|
|March 29 to 31, 2021||Tuesday||Hola Mohalla (Nanakshahi Calendar)||Celebrations at Anandpur Sahib, Punjab|
|April 13, 2021||Tuesday||Vaisakhi or Sikh New Year||Khalsa sajna diwas|
|April 13, 2021||Tuesday||Guru Amar Das Guryai||Gurgaddi|
|April 16, 2021||Friday||Guru Angad Dev Joti Jot||Joti Jot|
|April 17, 2021||Saturday||Guru Hargobind Singh Joti Jot||Joti Jot|
|April 26, 2021||Monday||Guru Harkishan Singh Joti Jot, Guru Tegh Bahadur Guryai||Joti Jot, Gurgaddi|
|May 01, 2021||Saturday||Guru Tegh Bahadur Jayanti **||400th Birth Anniversary|
|May 03, 2021||Monday||Guru Arjun Dev Jayanti||Birth Anniversary|
|May 12, 2021||Wednesday||Guru Angad Dev Jayanti||Birth Anniversary|
|May 25, 2021||Tuesday||Guru Amar Das Jayanti||Birth Anniversary|
|May 26, 2021||Wednesday||Shri Guru Arjan Dev Martyrdom day||Martyrdom day|
|June 02, 2021||Wednesday||Guru Hargobind Singh Guryai||Gurgaddi|
|June 14, 2021||Monday||Guru Arjan Dev Ji Martyrdom Day (shaheedi diwas or shaheedi gurpurab)||Joti Jot|
|June 25, 2021||Friday||Guru Hargobind Singh Jayanti||Birth Anniversary|
|August 02, 2021||Monday||Guru Harkishan Singh Jayanti||Birth Anniversary|
|September 07, 2021||Tuesday||Guru Granth Sahib Jayanti||Birth Anniversary|
|September 08, 2021||Wednesday||Guru Arjun Dev Gurgaddi||Gurgaddi|
|September 09, 2021||Thursday||Guru Ramdas Joti Jot||Joti Jot|
|September 18, 2021||Saturday||Guru Ramdas Guryai||Gurgaddi|
|September 20, 2021||Monday||Guru Amar Das Joti Jot||Joti Jot|
|September 26, 2021||Sunday||Guru Angad Dev Guryai||Gurgaddi|
|October 01, 2021||Friday||Guru Nanak Dev Joti Jot||Joti Jot|
|October 22, 2021||Friday||Guru Ramdas Jayanti||Birth Anniversary|
|October 30, 2021||Saturday||Guru Harkishan Singh Gurgaddi, Guru Harrai Joti Jot||Gurgaddi, Joti Jot|
|November 04, 2021||Thursday||Bandi Chhor||Bandi Chhor Divas (Nanakshahi Calendar)|
|November 06, 2021||Saturday||Guru Granth Sahib Guryai||Gurgaddi|
|November 09, 2021||Tuesday||Guru Gobind Singh Joti Jot||Joti Jot|
|November 19, 2021||Friday||Guru Nanak Jayanti||Parkash Shri Guru Nanak dev ji|
|December 06, 2021||Monday||Guru Gobind Singh Guryai||Gurgaddi|
|December 08, 2021||Wednesday||Guru Tegh Bahadur Joti Jot||Joti Jot|
|December 19, 2021||Sunday||Guru Tegh Bahadur Martyrdom Day||Martyrdom Day|
** In order to commemorate 400th birth anniversary celebrations of Sri Guru Tegh Bahadur, there are nation wide celebrations planned by Government of India. But with Covid Crisis, these celebrations are likely to be affected going by protocols directed by Ministry of Health in India.
* According to (Nanakshahi calendar)
Jayanti or Prakash (Gurpurab) also Prakash Utsav is celebrated as Sikh Guru's birth
|12 Months in a Sikh Calendar|
|Chet - March 14 - (31 days)
Vaisakh - April 14 - (31 day)
Jeth - May 15 - (31 days)
Harh - June 15 - (31 days)
Sawan - July 16 - (31 days)
Bhadon - August 16 - (30 days)
Asu - September 15 - (30 days)
Katik - October 15 - (30 days)
Maghar - November 14 - (30 days)
Poh - December 14 - (30 days)
Magh - January 13 - (30 days)
Phagan - February 12 - (30/31 days)