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Punjabis begin Vaisakhi celebrations with enthusiasm, fervour and exuberance
People of Punjab, Haryana, Himachal, Delhi and Rajasthan along with the Punjabis across the globe are celebrating Vaisakhi, the harvest festival of Punjab coupled with Khalsa Sirjana Divas on 13 April.

While for the Hindus in north India and Hindi belt it is the day of worshipping Goddess Ganga who had descended on Earth on this day. They are taking a holy dip in sacred water bodies at various places.

In Punjab, to mark the celebrations, Sikh devotees generally attend the Gurdwaras organizing Akhand Path of Shri Guru Granth Sahib with flowers and offerings along with taking out processions through major towns of the state. Also, Vaisakhi fairs are held at many places.

The auspicious occasion of Vaisakhi has a special significance in the glorious history of Sikhism, as on this day in 1699, the 10th Guru of Sikhs, Sri Guru Gobind Singh Sahib founded the 'Order of Khalsa' or fellowship of devout to preserve human and secular values, it is said.

The occasion also marks the beginning of the Sikh New Year, making the day all the more significant. The festival is observed every year with great enthusiasm in Rajasthan also with celebrations held at all the major Gurudwaras of the state.

Apart from being the religious celebration, the festival is also celebrated by the Punjabi farmers since it signifies the harvest season of Rabi crops by indulging in Bhangra performances and feasting on makki-di-roti and sarson-da-saag.

It is learned that Haryana CM Manohar Lal Khattar is going to celebrate Vaisakhi this evening at Palwal. He has greeted the people of Haryana on the occasion of Vaisakhi.

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