Also known as Guru Nanak Curpurab or Guru Nanak's Prakash Utsav, this day celebrates the birth of the first Sikh Guru, Guru Nanak. In Sikhism, this is one of the most sacred festivals.
Upcoming Dates For Guru Nanak Jayanti
The birth of Guru Nanek is celebrated on Kartik Poornima, also known as the full moon in the month of Kartik. This often falls in the month of November. But, as the dates vary from year to year, here is an upcoming list of celebrations:
- Saturday, November 4, 2017
- Friday, November 23, 2018
- Tuesday, November 12, 2019
- Monday, November 30, 2020
- Friday, November 19, 2021
- Tuesday, November 8, 2022
- Monday, November 27, 2023
- Friday, November 15, 2024
- Wednesday, November 5, 2025
Where Is Guru Nanak Jayanti Considered a Holiday?
Guru Nanak Jayanti is considered a gazette holiday throughout India. During this day, many businesses will be closed, allowing individuals to celebrate and observe. It's common that most stores are closed, from government to locally-owned. However, there are occasional stores that choose to remain open. These stores may do so at limited hours.
Festivities & Events During Guru Nanak Jayanti
The celebrations are similar for each of the Sikh Gurus. The hymns differ, each addressing the teaching and values of a particular Sikh. Early morning processions are often held, with locals singing along with the hymns. There is a traditional reading of the holy book of the Sikhs in the 48 hours before the celebrations begin. In the day prior to the birthday, there is a procession as well. It is led by the "Five Beloved Ones" carrying the Sikh flag. After the concession on the day of the birth, there is a free community lunch. This is arranged by volunteers, offering food in the spirit of service and devotion. There are night prayer sessions also, held during or after the sunset.
A Brief History About Guru Nanak Jayanti
The 10 Sikh Gurus were responsible for all the beliefs that the Sikhs built upon. Each birthday of a Guru (known as Gurpurab) is celebrated. Guru Nanek in particular was the founder of Sikhism. He was born on April 15, 1469 in the district of Pakistan now called Nankana Sahib.