The Sikh temple Dasmesh Darbar in Salem Oregon is a joyous place for all community members to gather. At Dasmesh Darbar, Bahadur Singh facilitates the cooperative environment of Sikhism where many weekly and monthly events bring people together.
Sikhism is one of the youngest world religions. A strictly monotheistic faith, Sikhism preaches the existence of only one God, and teaching the ideals of compassion, honesty, social commitment, humility, piety, and above all tolerance for other religions. Our festivals celebrate these ideals and the religion’s beloved teachers.
Celebrate the Sikh Festivals with Bahadur Singh at Dasmesh Darbar in Salem Oregon.
Gurupurab is arguably the most important celebration. Sikhs celebrate and honor all ten of the Gurus with an earnestness that knows no bounds. In our community, the celebrations are called Gurupurabs, and they are quite literally “festivals of the gurus.” Guru Nanak brought enlightenment to both Sikhs and the world, and because of this, his celebration is the festival of light. Three weeks before the festival are Prabhat Pheris. For three days, the Guru Granth Sahib (the holy book of the Sikhs, and the embodiment of the eternal Guru) is read, without pause. At the conclusion of Prabhat Pheris and akhand path (the reading), the Gurupurab festival begins.
The festival is a time of love, honor, and unity. Decorations and lights represent joy. The Granth Sahib is placed on a float of flowers, and is the centerpiece of a procession of devotees. Local bands accompany the procession and offer praise through their musical talents; choruses fill the air with their voices, and guards who symbolize the Panj Pyares, lead the way.
Each Gurupurab is a time of feverish celebration and faith. It’s a wonderful thought that Sikhs all over the world are celebrating all over the world. Plus, the Gurupurab is open to everyone. No matter what your religious affiliation, during our festival, what’s ours is yours. Meals and sweets are offered to any who attend.
In Punjab, Baisakhi marks New Year’s Day. The day coincides with the solar equinox on April 13th, and it was on this day that the tenth Sikh Guru, Guru Gobind Singh, founded the Khalsa (the Sikh brotherhood) in 1699. It is celebrated every April 13 is a collective birthday. The main celebration occurs in the Gurdwara at Anandpur Sahib, where the order was formed. The Guru Grantha Sahib is ceremonially taken out, symbolically bathed with milk and water and placed on its throne. The Panch Pyare priests chant the same verses recited by the original priests when the order was created. Amrita is prepared in an iron vessels, shared for devotees to sip the five times and vow to work for the Khalsa Panth. It’s a big party with lots of dancing and parades. The traditional folk dances called the Gidda and Bhangra, are performed and processions include mock duels. Musicians perform religious tunes. Food stalls and shops line the streets offering delicious snacks and selling trinkets
Holla Mohalla started with Guru Gobind Singh ji 10th, Sikh guru at Anandpur Sahib in Punjab. He intended to reaffirm ideals of brotherhood and remind people of “valor and defense preparedness.”
In 1757 AD he decided to revive the spirit of Holi and weave its essence into a festival created in the Khalsa traditions. Thus, Holla Mohalla is celebrated following Holi.
Holla Mohalla is now such a big event it is a national festival in India. Colorful processions, particularly in Anandpur Sahib and Muktsar (both in Indian Punjab), are marked with colorful dress in traditional martial costumes, mock battles, horse riding, music, poetry and other competitions. The Nihang Singhs (members of the Sikh army founded by Guru Gobind Singh) very famous and prestigious armed Sikh order, join in the procession.
It’s an amazing events with all of the showmanship. The Nihang Singhs also perform daring feats, such as Gatka (mock encounters), tent pegging, bareback horse-riding and standing erect on two racing horses.
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