Vaisakhi in Kirpal Sagar
Vaisakhi, the spring harvest festival of the Sikhs, usually takes place around April 14th. It is one of most important holidays in Punjab. On this day, Guru Gobind Singh, the tenth Guru of the Sikhs, chose his five most devoted disciples (the Panch Piara) and created the Khalsa Panth, the exemplary moral way of living that his true followers were asked to endorse.
But this holiday is also celebrated in other Eastern religions: The Buddhists commemorate the birth, enlightenment and death of Lord Buddha and the Hindus celebrate the birth of the great yogi Parshuram and the victory of the man-lion avatar over evil.
Read more about all the spiritual background of the festival here
This year, Kirpal Sagar hosted a group of musicians who performed and danced to well-known Punjabi folk songs, such as Bajre da sitta, which is traditionally sung at weddings. The first rooms of a cultural heritage centre were also opened on the occasion of the festivities.
Artist Sarabjit Mangat took over the patronage of this project, which will later be developed into a cultural heritage village. Guests of honour were Dr. Harjit Singh, a successful film producer from Jalandhar, who did his PhD in Punjabi folk art and published several books on the topic, and the popular singer Hans Raj Hans. All the guests enjoyed the beautiful atmosphere in Kirpal Sagar.