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Guru Nanak Gurpurab
Akal Takht illuminated, in Harmandir Sahib complex, Amritsar.jpgAkal Takht
illuminated on 'Guru Nanak Gurpurab' (Guru Nanak's Birthday), in Harmandir
Sahib complex, Amritsar.
Significance Guru Nanak Birthday
2014 date November 6^
2015 date 25 November
*Guru Nanak Gurpurab* also known as *Guru Nanak's Prakash Utsav* and *Guru
Nanak Jayanti*, celebrates the birth of the first Sikh Guru, Guru
Nanak.^ This is one of the most sacred festivals in Sikhism.^ Apart
from Sikhs, Hindus and other followers of Guru Nanak's philosophy also
celebrate this festival.
The festivities in the Sikh religion revolve around the anniversaries of
the 10 Sikh Gurus. These Gurus were responsible for shaping the beliefs of
the Sikhs. Their birthdays, known as /Gurpurab/ (or Gurpurb), are occasions
for celebration and prayer among the Sikhs.
Guru Nanak, the founder of Sikhism, was born on 15 April 1469^ in
Rai-Bhoi-di Talwandi in the present Shekhupura District of Pakistan, now
Nankana Sahib.^ His birth is celebrated on Kartik Poornima, the full
moon day in the month of Kartik. In the Gregorian Calendar, the celebration
usually falls in the month of November, but its date varies from year to
year, based on the traditional dates of the Indian calendar.^ It is a
Gazetted holiday in India.
Gurdwara Nankana Sahib, Pakistan, The birthplace of Guru Nanak.
The celebration is generally similar for all Gurpurabs; only the hymns are
different. The celebrations usually commence with Prabhat Pheris. Prabhat
Pheris are early morning processions that begin at the Gurudwaras and
proceed around the localities singing hymns. Generally two days before the
birthday, /Akhand Path/ (a forty-eight-hour non-stop reading of
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