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Sikh Religious Holidays

Name of holiday Description Date
Birthday of Guru Gobind Singh (Nanakshahi calendar) Guru Gobind Singh (1675-1708) was the tenth and last of the Sikh Gurus. He instituted the Five Ks and established the Order of the Khalsa. 5-January
Birthday of Guru Har Rai (Nanakshahi calendar) Guru Har Rai (1630-1661) was the seventh of the Sikh Gurus. 31-January
Hola Mohalla (Lunar Calendar) Hola Mohalla is three day festival of military exercises and mock battles, together with religious discussions and devotional music, at Anandpur Sahib on the day after Holi. 15-March
Vaisakhi The Sikh New Year Festival, which also commemmorates the founding of the Khalsa by the tenth Guru (Guru Gobind Singh) in 1699. Also spelled Baisakhi. 14-April
Birthday of Guru Nanak (Nanakshahi calendar) The founder of the Sikh religion was born on 14 April 1469. This festival is also currently celebrated according to the Lunar Calendar, but this may change. 14-April
Hola Mohalla (Nanakshahi Calendar) Hola Mohalla is currently celebrated according to the Lunar Calendar, but this may change. 14-April
Birthday of Guru Angad Dev (Nanakshahi calendar) Guru Angad Dev (1504-1552) was the second of the Sikh Gurus. 18-April
Birthday of Guru Tegh Bahadur (Nanakshahi calendar) Guru Tegh Bahadur (1621-1675) was the ninth of the Sikh Gurus. 18-April
Birthday of Guru Arjan Dev (Nanakshahi calendar) Guru Arjan Dev (1563-1606) was the fifth of the Sikh Gurus 2-May
Birthday of Guru Amar Das (Nanakshahi calendar) Guru Amar Das (1479-1574) was the third of the Sikh Gurus. 23-May
Diwali The Hindu festival of lights, which extends over five days. Because of the lights, fireworks, and sweets involved it's a great favourite with children. Also shared by Sikhs and Jains. 21-October
Birthday of Guru Nanak (Lunar Calendar) This festival may be celebrated by some on the date fixed by the Nanakshahi calendar: April 14 5-November
Martyrdom of Guru Tegh Bahadur (Nanakshahi calendar) Guru Tegh Bahadur was the ninth Sikh Guru and is honoured as a champion of religious freedom. He was executed in 1675 for refusing to convert to Islam. 24-November

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