The festival is called by many names like Guru Nanak Jayanti, Gurpurab and also Guru Nanak Prakash Utsav. This is one of the most biggest and religious festivals of the Sikhs and is celebrated all over the world with a lot of pomp, prayers, and customs.

Guru Nanak Jayanti 2019 is on November 12 Tuesday

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Guru Nanak Jayanti is celebrated every year to mark the birth of the first Sikh Guru and he was lovingly called Guru Nanak. The day may change every year and that is totally dependent on the Hindu Lunar Calendar.

The Importance of Guru Nanak Jayanti or Gurpurab

The birthday of Guru Nanak is celebrated on Kartik Purnima as per the Hindu Lunar Calendar. 

He was the one who brought the belief named Sikhism. 

This is a reminder festival that all his devotees should remember the teachings that he emphasized upon and should live in the right and ethical way in life.

On his day, the book of the Sikhs – Guru Granth Sahib is read. As per the ritual, it is a non stop ritual whereby priests reads for about 48 hours before the festival commences. 

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Rituals of the Sikh Festival: Gurpurab

The ritual of reading is performed in Gurudwaras and in front of all the devotees.

Nagarkirtan is a procession of the Sikh devotees and that too is conducted a day before Guru Nanak Jayanti.

The procession includes a palanquin in which the holy book is carried and the devotees follows the palanquin by reciting the religious hymns and prayers.

The celebrations begins around 3 am early morning and will end by about 6 am in the morning. Hsi time is called Amrit Vela.

The early morning time is considered most auspicious for praying and that is why Guru Nanak told people to pray at the early hours of the day.

After the Amrit Vela, devotees spend the day with Katha and Kirtan rituals. This is a mix of religious hymns and reading scriptures that praise the guru.

Guru Ka Langar

The Langar is a very important part of the festival. A large community lunch is prepared and it is called Guru Ka Langar or Guru Nanak Jayanti Langar. 

It is a vegetarian meal and is very nourishing.

All food items are prepared under very hygienic conditions by the devotees of the community.

One of the most famous dishes during this festival is a sweet and is called Kada Prasad.

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Important Timings On Guru Nanak Jayanti

SunriseNovember 12, 2019 6:42 AM
SunsetNovember 12, 2019 5:39 PM
Purnima Tithi Begins November 11, 2019 6:01 PM
Purnima Tithi EndsNovember 12, 2019 7:04 PM
Place : Ujjain [ India ]   See More

Guru Nanak Jayanti festival dates between 2016 & 2026

2016Monday, 14th of November
2017Saturday, 4th of November
2018Friday, 23rd of November
2019Tuesday, 12th of November
2020Monday, 30th of November
2021Friday, 19th of November
2022Tuesday, 8th of November
2023Monday, 27th of November
2024Friday, 15th of November
2025Wednesday, 5th of November
2026Tuesday, 24th of November

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