Baisakhi celebratios has been started in at Gurdwara Panja Sahib, Hassan Abdal from today (April 14). About 2,206 Sikh pilgrims have arrived in Lahore from India to participate in the annual celebrations.
Chairman Evacuee Trust Property Board Tahir Ehsan, Secretary Board Tariq Wazir, Pardhan Pakistan Sikh Gurdwara Parbandhak Committee Sardar Tara Singh, local Sikh leaders and board officials received them warmly.
According to spokesman of Evacuee Trust Property Board, the main ceremony of Besakhi festival called Bhog Akhand Paath Sahib will be held at Gurdwara Punja Sahib, Hassan Abdal. Federal Minister for Religious Affairs Pir Noor ul Haq Qadri and Chairman ETPB Tahir Ehsan will be chief guests on this occasion.
Baisakhi also known as vaisakhi, Vaishakhi, or Vasakhi marks the Sikh New Year and is celebrated on April 13 every year. It is a spring harvest festival for the Sikhs. Baisakhi commemorates the formation of Khalsa panth of warriors under Guru Gobind Singh in 1699. Vaisakhi also marks the birth of Sikh order that started after the persecution and execution of Guru Tegh Bahadur for refusing to convert to Islam under the orders of the Mughal Emperor Aurangzeb.
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