Professor Barbara J. Melaas-Swanson
31 January 2011
Sikhism Religion: Gurpurb
A festival is a celebration of life. Festival is harmonious, rich, varied and colorful. A festival is a celebration which breaks the tedium of life. They bring peace and joy to the multitudes. Festival provide as symbol to the cultural, social and domestic life of the people. There are different kinds of festivals celebrated around this world. There are festivals based on legends or persons believed to be blessed with supernatural powers. It is a belief that by praying legends you get the gratuity of wishes and avoiding off troubles. Another kind of festival celebrated is Religious festivals. Religious festivals are celebrated with great enthusiasm. In Sikhism religion, Gurpurb is the largest religious festival of the Sikhs (a term used for member of the Sikhism community). The term Gurpurb is made up of two words: gur, short for “guru”, and purb, which denotes a sacred or auspicious day. The term gurpurb is applied to anniversary when Sikh guru is remembered (Kalsi 94). Gurpurb is the celebration of Guru Nanak Dev Ji birthday. Gurpurb is an important and religious festival in Sikhism. Sikhs believe Guru Nanak Dev Ji brought enlightenment to the world. In this festival, Sikhs and a large number of Hindus participate in this celebration. Sikhs celebrate this festival with immense devotion for Guru Nanak Dev Ji. Guru Nanak was born in October 20th, 1439 in a Punjabi village called Talwandi. Guru Nanak Dev Ji’s father was a village officer in the regional revenue administration. At young age, Guru Nanak Dev Ji learned local languages, Persian and Arabic. Guru Nanak was married when he was thirteen years old. His wife name was Mata Sulakhni ji and they had two sons, Lakshmi Das and Sri Chand. A radical philosopher and saint, Guru Nanak made spiritual journeys through India, Tibet, and Arabia that lasted many years (Eraly, Khan, Michell and Saran 90)....