‘Punj’ means five and ‘aab’ means river. Punjab is the land of 5 rivers. Punjab is known to the world for its rich culture and the grand lifestyle of its people. The vivacious and heart-warming nature of Punjabis is what the world loves the most about them. Although the people of Punjab celebrate each day as it comes, they also celebrate their festivities with a lot of love and exuberance and great pomp and show.
Being an agriculture-based region, Punjabi festivities largely revolve around agriculture. Festivals of Punjab are the best time to experience Punjab’s vibrant culture in its full grandeur. Also Read : Blog : 13 Facts Every 'Jatt' Can Relate To – Can You?
Here is the ready list of festivals that are celebrated all through the year in Punjab.
Known as the harvest festival of Punjab. Baisakhi is traditionally celebrated on April 13, but sometimes the date may vary. The festival has both religious and cultural significance to it. It marks the harvest of the first crop of the year as well as the first day of the Sikh new year.
On the day of Baisakhi, the houses are decorated, people are seen in traditional clothes, fairs are held in different parts of the state and the authentic Punjabi food is savored and served. Joy and happiness all around fills the air. Love and celebration is experienced at its peak.
Lohri celebration in Punjab takes place because it is believed that after Lohri, the days tend to become longer and warmer after bitter and cold days of winter. It is the winter harvest festival. On the day of Lohri, the bonfire is lit up, folk songs are played and people dance and make merry around the fire. Punjabi sweets like gurh, gachak are exchanged among people. It seems like some grand feast. Love and warmth fill the air.
The advent of spring season is celebrated with the colorful festival of Basant Panchmi in Punjab. The fields of Punjab are filled with a sea of golden mustard flowers. Yellow is the color of happiness and joy on the day of Basant Panchmi. People get all decked up in yellow golden attires, and dishes are made that have a tinge of yellow to it. Youngsters are seen flying colorful kites in the skies.
It is a lively and refreshing festival celebrated mostly by women of Punjab. Teeyan is celebrated in the blooming Spring season. The traditional folk dance of Punjab ‘Giddha’ is performed with full vigor and splendor by all the young and old women. Women love to doll up from head to toe on this day. Henna on hands and feet is applied by many. The loud cheer and laughter of women all around fills the air.
Gurupurab is one of the most important festivals of Punjab celebrated with a lot of devotion and enthusiasm. The Sikh community celebrates the birth anniversaries of their highly revered Sikh Gurus. People decorate their houses with diyas and candles, go to gurudwaras and play fireworks at night. The whole state can be seen beautifully lit up on the day of Gurupurab.
So here was our list of the best Punjabi festivals that light up happiness in millions of households. Which is your favourite festival of Punjab? Let us know in the comments below!