Baisakhi (also Vaisakhi, Vaishakhi) Festival is mainly celebrated in North India as the “Punjabi New Year”. The day of Baisakhi is considered one of the most important days among the Punjabi community. The Sikh people start the celebration by visiting the Gurdwara. It is also celebrated by other people.
It is celebrated on the first day of Vaisakh, which generally falls on the 13th or 14th April every year.
New Year: Punjabis celebrate this festival as Punjabi New Year. One the same day, the Bengali New Year (Poila Baisakh) and Bhogali Bihu is celebrated.
Harvest Festival: Baisakhi is a harvest festival. This auspicious day is very important for the farmers. They offer thanks to god and pray for the good crops in the future.
Baisakhi is a time for re-union of friends and families. Elders bless the younger generation. People also distribute food and clothes to the poor people.
Dance: People of all ages wear new clothes and gather together to perform dance. This form of dance is popularly known as Bhangra.
Besides India, the festival is celebrated by Punjabis across Nepal, Pakistan, United States, Canada, United Kingdom, and Srilanka.
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Lohri is an extremely popular festival of Punjab which is celebrated in the middle of January. The whole of Punjab comes alive on the day and there is a feeling of jubilation all around. Even the nature wears its best clothes at this time as the fields promise of a golden harvest. Society for the Confluence of Festivals in India (SCFI) seeks to explore the spirit of this harvest festival as witnessed in Punjab and North India by exploring virtually all aspects related to it.
As a socially responsible manifestation, Society for the Confluence of Festivals in India endeavors to create value for the Indian society by introducing the beauty, grace and wisdom embodied in the various festivals of India, thereby preserving India's rich cultural heritage. We bring unique customs, traditions and goodness of Indian festivals to form a distinct association known as the Society for the Confluence of Festivals in India. Through this organization, we hope to form a mutual respect for and foster the common bond that various Indian festivals share.
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