Sikhs In Malaysia Celebrate Vaisakhi With Prayers

March 15, 2010

Author: Staff Writer

Source: One India

Sikhs in Malaysia celebrated Vaisakhi, an ancient harvest festival in Punjab which marks the beginning of a new harvest season for the community, with prayers at home and gurdwara all over the country.

It also marks the month of Chet, the first month in the Sikh Nanakshahi calendar, which is named after the founder of the Sikh religion Guru Nanak Devji.

"Vasakhi is the day the Khalsa, or baptised Sikhs, were first formed. It is a religious occasion as well as a harvest festival for farmers in India. People are often confused because many communities from India have their new year around the same time in April," The Star quoted Manjeet Singh, a local, as saying.