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Year-long birth anniversary celebrations of Shri Guru Nanak Dev ji planned by Union Government and Punjab Government
This year marks the 550th birth anniversary of Shri Guru Nanak Dev ji, the great saint and founder of Sikhism and a series of activities have planned that will go on for a year.

Both the Union Government and Punjab Government have decided the planned for the year-long activities. The recent National Implementation Committee (NIC) meeting chaired by Home Minister Rajnath Singh took the decision in this regard.

Meanwhile, Punjab CM Amarinder Singh has urged PM Modi to announce a package for year-long celebrations to be marked by developmental programmes to commemorate the event. The neighbouring state of Haryana, which has a sizable population of Sikhs, has to set up committee to celebrate birth anniversary of Guru Nanak Dev at a grand scale.

This year, Pakistan has issued over 3800 visas to Sikh pilgrims for Nanak's birth anniversary in its country. The GOI has decided to take up the development of Kartarpur Sahib corridor from Dera Baba Nanak in Gurdaspur district to the international border. This will enable the pilgrims from India to visit Gurdwara Darbar Sahib Kartarpur throughout the year on the banks of the Ravi river, in Pakistan. Shri Guru Nanak Devji had  spent eighteen years at this place.

Furthermore, the Union Cabinet chaired by Prime Minister Narendra resolved to  commemorate the 550th birth anniversary of Shri Guru Nanak Dev Ji throughout India and across the globe, in a grand and befitting manner along with the State Governments and the Indian Missions abroad.

In Jaipur, four-day birthday celebrations of Sri Guru Nanak DevJi, the first Sikh Guru and founder of Sikhism, kicked off from November on  19th  November with organising the processions on the first day. Early morning nagar kirtans were held. Later, in the procession, Guru Granth Sahebji, the Revered Holy Scripture of the Sikhs, was carried on a beautifully decorated vehicle along with religious flags, Nishaan Sahebans, Panj Pirare all along the procession .On November 23, a grand mass congregation will be held to conclude the observance.

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