New Delhi, Nov 12 : Vice President Hamid Ansari today greeted the nation on the holy and joyous occasion of Guru Nanak Jayanti, which is being celebrated tomorrow.
In his message, the vice president said, "I extend my greetings and good wishes to the people of our country on the holy and joyous occasion of Guru Nanak's Birthday.
"The divine teachings of Guru Nanak Dev Ji, the founder of Sikhism are a beacon of light to mankind guiding us on the path of peace, harmony and righteousness. His message of truth, humanism, righteousness and tolerance has universal relevance to rid mankind of violence, injustice and exploitation," he added
Guru Nanak Dev, the founder of the Sikh religion, was born in November 1469 at Talwandi, now called Nankana Sahib.
The anniversaries of Sikh Gurus are known as Gurpurabs (festivals), and celebrated by Sikhs with devotion.
Gurpurabs mark the culmination of Prabhat Pheris, the early morning procession that starts from the gurdwaras and then goes around localities singing shabads (hymns).
The celebrations also include the three-day Akhand path, during which the Guru Granth Sahib is read continuously, from beginning to end without a break.
On the day of the festival, the Granth Sahib is also carried in a procession on a float, decorated with flowers, throughout a village or city.