Tuesday, April 14, 2009

Balle Balle, it’s Baisakhi!

They may be away from the fertile fields of their home state where Baisakhi heralds the harvest season, but Punjabis enjoy the festivities here with their Gujarati pals. This year, celebrations kicked off on Sunday and are spread over three days. The reason: Baisakhi is to be ‘officially’ celebrated on April 14 as per the Sikh calendar, whereas traditionally it’s celebrated on April 13. “More than 300 Punjabis with Gujarati friends joined the festivities. We have invited a special bhangra group from Punjab to create the mood. The budget is tighter on account of recession, but the spirit is the same,” says Surjit Singh Bagga, chairman of Guru Gobinddham gurudwara on SG Highway. Most families are busy making rice kheer for guests. Back home in Punjab, sweet rice flavoured with saffron is also prepared. A visit to the gurudwara is a must.
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