15th April : Birth anniversary of baba guru nanak

Amratsar: 15th April marks as the 553 birth anniversary of Baba Guru Nanak, founder of Sikhism. He was born in Nankana Sahib, Punjab, Pakistan. However, the anniversary of Nanak's birth subsequently came to be celebrated on the full moon day of the Kattak month in November. Guru Nanak's teachings laid the basis for a community that now numbers up to 30 million across the world. Guru Nanak advocated the existence of one God and taught his followers that every human being can reach out to God through meditation and other pious practices. Every year, Pakistan welcomes thousands of Sikhs across the world to participate in Guru’s birth celebrations. Pakistan is home to some of the most important Sikh pilgrimage sites which include the birthplace of Baba Guru Nanak, Kartarpur Sahib Gurdwara and Gurdwara Panja Sahib in Hasan Abdal. Recently, on 12 April, over 2,000 Sikh pilgrims entered into Pakistan through Wagah border to attend the annual Baisakhi festival. It is pertinent to mention that Baisakhi is an ancient spring harvest festival of India and Pakistan. It became closely associated with Sikhism at the end of the 17th century when Guru Gobind Singh chose the date of the festival. The Sikhs celebrate the event by making pilgrimages to their holy sites. Sardar Arvinder Singh, party leader Shiromani Gurdwara Parbandhak Committee (India) said, “Whenever we come to Pakistan, the land of our Gurus, we feel very happy and relaxed. Therefore, this time too, we have come here with a lot of love for the people of Pakistan.” Delhi Gurdwara Management Committee Chief Sardar Sukhbeer Singh said both Pakistan and India had the same culture and they (the pilgrims) always felt comfortable in Pakistan.