BAISAKHI CELEBRATIONS IN PUNJAB

Baisakhi is one of the most popular festivals of the Sikh community, and here in India it is mostly celebrated in the states of Punjab and Haryana which has the highest concentration of Sikhs. Baisakhi marks the end of the harvest season, and also the first day of the Punjabi calendar. This festival is full of colors in the form of traditional dresses, music, fun and food that brings about the true spirit of a Punjabi who lives and enjoys life to the fullest. It is this time of the year that houses in Punjab gets a fresh coat of paint, and kids wear new dresses to celebrate their New Year. Throughout Punjab, fests, fairs or ‘Melas’ are held, especially in the rural areas where people come out in huge numbers. It is a magnificent display of colors and flavors that blends beautifully with the ambiance.

 

Food and Music

Punjabis are great food lovers and it is during special occasions like ‘Baisakhi’ that you get to savor some authentic Punjabi cuisine which is truly, a gastronomical delight. Some of the specialities are Makki di roti & sarson da saag, bajre da roti with dal makhani, chicken butter masala with naan kulcha, lassi, tandoori chicken, chole bhature etc. which are exceptional in taste and nutritional value. Music is also one of the most important pastime of Punjabis, and during the festival of Baisakhi, you get to hear traditional Punjabi folk songs all around in the villages and towns. This is truly a wonderful feeling to be a part of such a vibrant atmosphere that is simply, ‘one of a kind’.

 

Traditional Punjabi Fashion Wear

This is the time of the year that people are in their finest of traditional attires, especially the Punjabi women that looks brilliant in colorful Patiala suits and salwar kameez. Not just the Patiala salwar suits, it is the fashion accessories in the form of colorful parandas, phulkari dupattas and juttis that complement the overall attire of one such beautiful Punjabi/Sikh girl that dresses beautifully for the occasion. The rich colors and the embroidery/embellishment work on the body of the attire, is definitely appealing and impressive. Some Punjabi girls try to up the ante by wearing designer lehenga cholis, and that is mostly seen in big cities like Chandigarh. But a majority of girls in rural Punjab stick to their all time favorite, and that is the stylish and trendy Patiala salwar kameez. This dress is the bread and butter wear throughout the state, and in festival like Baisakhi and Gurpurab, it is the preferred attire for all beautiful ladies.

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