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Sikh Calendar 2022 is presented here along with dates for all the festivals and holidays celebrated in Sikh Religion. Know more on Sikh Holidays and Festivals in 2022.

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Sikh Calendar 2022: Festivals and Gurupurab

Sikh Festivals - The Punjabi term 'Sikh' refers to or signifies "disciple" because Sikhs were the disciples of God and obey the teachings and writing of the Ten Sikh Gurus. Sikhs give credence to a single god, and they believe that no matter what they do, it should be done while keeping god in mind which is also known as Simran. Guru Nanak's enlightened influence of this new religion was handed to the other nine Gurus consecutively.

Sikhs worship Guru Granth Sahib Ji, which is a sacred scripture for them, collated by their first Guru Nanak Sahib Ji. His heirs were also emended and included in the sacred book later. Disciples still circumambulate this sacred scripture and bend their heads in prayer in front of it. Moreover, different festivals commemorated in Sikhism are marked by carrying out the holy scripture in public processions.

Sikhism is one of the most significant and revered religions in India, and Sikhs celebrate a medley of festivals throughout the year. All these festivals bring the diverse communities of Sikhs together to commemorate some of the most noteworthy dates and events in Sikhism.

Sikh festivals predominantly embrace the birth days of their ten gurus. The birthday of gurus is marked and commemorated with paramount regard, energy and passion, and Guru Granth Sahib Ji (the Sikh scripture) is carried out from gurudwaras on an adorned palanquin, and public processions go along with and follow it with utmost reverence.

Fireworks, the dispensation of Prasad, and celebration meals at the gurudwara are some of the notable aspects of these festivals. Music is believed to be the most powerful means of communication to connect with the Deity in Sikhism; therefore, the playing of Gurbani, Shabad, Kirtans and martial art shows amuse the spectators during these festivities.

Some of the most significant Sikh festivals comprise the birthday commemoration and jollification of their first Guru, Sri Guru Nanak Dev Ji, his heirs' birthdays, Baisakhi, Hola Mohalla, and Diwali. Hola Mohalla is celebrated in March and might concomitantly fall on the day of Sikh New Year too. It is a week-long occasion where Sikhs camp out and relish public presentations of their valor and skillfulness.

Harmonious kirtans additionally follow these presentations. Another fascinating part of the celebrations is that the whole Sikh Sangat participating in the festivals dines side by side, also called pangats. Only vegetarian meals are served during these feasts. A military-like extended procession is carried out on the last day of this festival. Baisakhi is another prominent Sikh festivities that mark the foundation of Khalsa Panth. It is thus honored and celebrated with utmost zeal.

Some of the other main festivals mentioned in the Sikh (Nanakshahi) calender are:

Guru Purab Dates

2022 Sikh Holidays Calendar

Date Day Holiday / Festival Parkash / Joti Jot
Jan 9 Sunday Guru Gobind Singh Jayanti Parkash Parv Guru Gobind Singh Ji
Jan 13 Thursday Lohri Sikh (Punjabi) winter folk festival
Feb 14 Monday Guru Harrai Jayanti Prakash Parv of Guru Har Rai Ji celebrated by Sikh Sangat.
Mar 14 Monday Nanakshahi Sammat 554 ~ Sikh New Year Beginning of Nanakshahi year (14 March 2022 to 13 March 2023)
Mar 18 - 20 Friday to Sunday Hola Mohalla (Nanakshahi Calendar) Celebrations at Anandpur Sahib (Chet month)
Mar 30 Wednesday Guru Harrai Guryai Celebrated as Gurgaddi Diwas
Apr 2 Saturday Guru Amar Das Guryai Also popular as Gurgaddi diwas
Apr 5 Tuesday Guru Angad Dev Joti Jot Death anniversary
Apr 6 Wednesday Guru Hargobind Singh Joti Jot Death anniversary
Apr 14 Thursday Vaisakhi or Khalsa Sajna Diwas 1 Vaisakh ~ Also popular as Baisakhi
Apr 15 Friday Guru Harkishan Singh Joti Jot, Guru Tegh Bahadur Guryai Celebrates Gurgaddi
Apr 21 Thursday Guru Tegh Bahadur Jayanti Parkash Parv
Apr 23 Saturday Guru Arjan Dev Jayanti Parkash Parv of 5th Sikh Guru
May 1 Sunday Guru Angad Dev Jayanti Parkash Parv
May 15 Sunday Guru Amar Das Jayanti Birth Anniversary
May 23 Monday Guru Hargobind Singh Guryai Gurgaddi diwas
Jun 3 Friday Guru Arjan Dev Ji Martyrdom Day (shaheedi diwas or shaheedi gurpurab) Remembrance Day as Shaheedi diwas of Guru Arjan Dev Ji
Jun 15 Wednesday Guru Hargobind Singh Jayanti Parkash Parv of Guru Hargobind Singh
Jul 22 Friday Guru Harkishan Singh Jayanti Parkash Parv of 8th Sikh Guru
Aug 28 Sunday Guru Granth Sahib Jayanti Parkash Parv
Aug 29 Monday Guru Arjun Dev Gurgaddi Gurgaddi diwas
Aug 30 Tuesday Guru Ramdas Joti Jot Death anniversary
Sep 8 Thursday Guru Ramdas Guryai Gurgaddi diwas
Sep 10 Saturday Guru Amar Das Joti Jot Death anniversary
Sep 15 Thursday Guru Angad Dev Guryai Celebrates Gurgaddi diwas
Sep 20 Tuesday Guru Nanak Dev Joti Jot Guru Nanak Dev's death anniversary
Oct 11 Tuesday Guru Ramdas Jayanti Parkash Parv
Oct 19 Wednesday Guru Harkishan Singh Gurgaddi, Guru Harrai Joti Jot Gurgaddi diwas (8th Sikh Guru) & Death anniversary (7th Sikh Guru)
Oct 24 Monday Bandi Chhor Also popular as Diwali
Oct 27 Thursday Guru Granth Sahib Guryai Gurgaddi diwas
Oct 29 Saturday Guru Gobind Singh Joti Jot Death anniversary of Sarbans Daani Guru Gobind Singh Ji
Nov 8 Tuesday Guru Nanak Jayanti Parkash Parv of Shri Guru Nanak dev ji
Nov 26 Saturday Guru Gobind Singh Guryai Gurgaddi diwas of 10th Sikh Guru
Nov 28 Monday Guru Tegh Bahadur Joti Jot Martyrdom day of Guru Tegh Bahadur
Dec 29 Thursday Guru Gobind Singh Jayanti Parkash Parv of Guru Gobind Singh ji

Sikh Festivals & Holidays

Sikh Months according to Nanakshahi calendar

No. Name Punjabi Days Gregorian Months
1 Chet ਚੇਤ 31 14 March - 13 April
2 Vaisakh ਵੈਸਾਖ 31 14 April - 14 May
3 Jeth ਜੇਠ 31 15 May - 14 June
4 Harh ਹਾੜ 31 15 June - 15 July
5 Sawan ਸਾਵਣ 31 16 July - 15 August
6 Bhadon ਭਾਦੋਂ 30 16 August - 14 September
7 Assu ਅੱਸੂ 30 15 September - 14 October
8 Katak ਕੱਤਕ 30 15 October - 13 November
9 Maghar ਮੱਘਰ 30 14 November - 13 December
10 Poh ਪੋਹ 30 14 December - 12 January
11 Magh ਮਾਘ 30 13 January - 11 February
12 Phagun ਫੱਗਣ 30/31 12 February - 13 March

Gurgaddi / Gur Gadi Diwas or Guryai refers to installation of Guruship by each successive Sikh Gurus.

Jyoti Jot or Joti Jot refers to as (death anniversary) of a Sikh Guru.

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