Sikhs across the world are celebrating the birthday of their first Guru-Guru Nanak- with great pomp and show. Also known as Gurupurab, it is one of the most important and sacred festivals of the Sikh community. It is also known as Guru Nanak's Prakash Utsav.
The festival is celebrated every year on a full moon day in the month of Kartik, according to the Hindu Lunar calender.
The festival is observed over a period of three days in the month of October-November. It begins with 'Akhand Path' prior to the Gurupurab. The festival is marked by colourful parades across the streets, which include the 'Gatka' (Sikh martial art) highlighting the valour and skills of the community.
Here are some pics:
Amritsar: Sikh devotees take part in a procession at the Golden Temple on 548th birth anniversary of Guru Nanak Dev in Amritsar on Saturday . PTI
Amritsar: Sikh pilgrims leave for Gurdwara Nankana Sahib in Pakistan to celebrate the 548th birth anniversary of Sri Guru Nanak Dev, in Amritsar on Saturday. PTI
Setting artistic standards
Jammu: Sikh martial artists perform a stunt during a religious procession taken out by the members of the Sikh community on the 547th birth anniversary celebrations of Guru Nanak Dev in Jammu.
A dangerous game
Jammu: A Sikh martial artist performs a stunt during a religious procession taken out by the members of the Sikh community on the 547th birth anniversary celebrations of Guru Nanak Dev in Jammu.
The holy circle of fire
Jammu: Sikh devotee showing fire stunt as he performs during a religious procession taken out by community members ahead of the 547th birth anniversary of Guru Nanak Dev ji founder of sikh religion.
Flying high in devotion
Hyderabad: Sikhs perform out colourful Nagar Keertan (Holy Procession) from Gurudwara Guru Singh Sabeb Secunderabad as a part of the 547th Birthday celebrations of the first Sikh Guru Sri Guru Nanak.
Lighting up in devotion
Amritsar:Illuminated Golden Temple on the eve of 548th birth anniversary of Sri Guru Nanak Dev at the in Amritsar on Sunday.PTI