Guru Nanak (Sikh)

What is Guru Nanak?

In Sikh tradition, this is a celebration of Guru Nanak's birthday (or Gurpurb). Guru Nanak is the founder of the Sikh religion. The celebration of Guru Nanak is generally recognised as one of the (if not the) most important of the Gurpurbs

When is Guru Nanak?

Guru Nanak is tied into the Indian lunar calendar and typically falls in November, next taking place on Saturday 4th November 2017. However, the celebrations both lead up to and follow the day itself.

What do people do during Guru Nanak?

All festivals which celebrate the lives of the Gurus involve the reading of the Sikh holy book continuously from beginning to end by a team of Sikh men and women each reading for 2-3 hours. This starts two days before the celebration and ends early on the morning of the birthday.

There are processions throughout some parts of the UK on the day before the birthday.

Celebrations at the Sikh place of worship (the Gurdwara) or at home begin as early as 4am and are followed by a celebratory community meal called langar.

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