Punjab as the name suggested is combination of flow of five rivers Sutlej, Ravi, Beas, Chenab and Jhelum. It is state in North India surrounded by Jammu Kashmir, Haryana, Himachal Pradesh and Rajasthan from north, east, south, southwest. 

Baisakhi which is celebrated on April 13th is the main festival of Punjab as it remarks the beginning of new year. It is important festival as it is celebrated by both Hindu and Sikh religion people.

In another part of India it is celebrated with different names such as Assam celebrates it as Rongali Bihu, West Bengal as Naba Barsha, Bihar as Vaishaka, Kerala as Vishu, and Tamil Nadu as Puthandu.

It is celebrated with love, joy and happiness in Punjab and Haryana over the harvest of rabi crops and is also marks the foundation day of Khalsa Panth by the Sikh tenth Guru Govind Singh.

On the eve of Baisakhi, Gurudwaras are decorated, kirtan is held,  people bath in sacred river such as Ganges. As it is harvest festival , people gather together and share festive foods.

At several places in Punjab and Haryana a small Mela is organized which covers dances like Gidda, Bhangra, folk songs, folk instruments like vanjli and algoza along with some food stalls and small bazars with items for children.

We also got an opportunity to celebrate Baisakhi at Ropar and enjoy the festive foods with the people of Punjab. It was all together day filled with Joy and Happiness.

Sonia Singla