We always have got a glimpse of Punjabi-style celebration in our movies. But if you want a view of exuberant spirit and grand lifestyle, you need to experience Punjab festivals firsthand. This state is called the land of five rivers because it has five gurgling rivers flowing through it. Punjab is a state the most acclaimed for its cultural richness, heart-warming people, and magnetic fields.

Let us go through this article to learn about Punjabi culture’s grandest manifestation through their festivals, showcasing their trueness and values beautifully.

Major Festivals Celebrated in Punjab:

Punjab is one of the agriculturally fertile lands in the country, and most of its festivals revolve around agriculture. As a result, Punjab festivals give you an insight into the tradition and excitement associated with them.

1. Lohri:

 

Lohri is the winter harvest festival of Punjab where the sacred fire of Lohri is lit to reach the skies when the mist, cold waves cast their spell on the longest winter night. The days start to become warmer and longer after Lohri as people invoke the Sun god for warmth. The festive spirit is further enhanced with the loud and exuberant folk music and dance. Traditional dishes like Sarson da saag, Makki di roti, til rice are prepared during this occasion.

Key Attraction: Bonfire and people revolve around the fire singing folk songs and dance.

When: January.

Where: All over Punjab.

Duration of Festival: One day.

2. Basant Panchami:

Although Basant Panchami is celebrated all over the country, the zeal with which it is celebrated in Punjab makes it even more special. This colourful festival marks the onset of spring in India, and on this day, goddess Saraswathi is worshipped and considered highly auspicious. Therefore, people think this to be a bright day to start anything new, like buying a house.

Key Attraction: People wear bright yellow clothes to worship goddess Saraswathi, and you can see colourful kites flying in the sky.

When: February.

Where: All across Punjab.

Duration of Festival: One day.

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3. Baisakhi:

Baisakhi is Punjab’s harvest festival that beautifully commemorates all occupational capacities through festivals. The occasion of harvesting the first crop is celebrated as Baisakhi. People all around the state enjoy the fruits of the labor they put through the winter enthusiastically. This festival also marks the first day of the Sikh new year and harvesting the first crop.

Key Attraction: People all over the state perform Bhangra by wearing traditional clothes. Many fairs are organized where food stalls are the highlight.

When: April.

Where: All over Punjab.

Duration of Festival: One day.

4. Maghi:

Maghi is a mela help in the memory of forty Sikh martyrs, and it is held at Muktsar Sahib every year. Initially, this festival was mentioned and observed by the third guru of Sikhism, Guru Amar Das. But later, the tradition to commemorate the Sikh martyrs who gave their lives to protect the tenth guru has started. People eat kheer prepared in sugarcane juice during the celebration of this festival.

Key Attraction: A large gathering of Sikhs and kheer prepared in sugarcane juice.

When: January.

Where: All over Punjab.

Duration of Festival: One day.

5. Teeyan:

Teeyan is celebrated to welcome the arrival of the monsoon and is also a women’s dance festival. Young Indian women tie swings to the trees for the Teej festival in Punjab, wearing shiny and colorful clothes. Married women offer prayers after dances for their spouses’ well-being and sing songs that beautifully depict their love for their spouses.

Key Attraction: Swings, the Geedha dance, and music.

When: July/August.

Where: All over Punjab.

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6. Jor Mela:

Jor Mela or Shaheedi Jor Mela is celebrated to commemorate the martyred sons of Guru Gobind Singh and is a religious get-together. It is held at the Gurudwara Fatehgarh sahib in the Fatehgarh Sahib district in Punjab during December every year and is attended by religious followers in lakhs. The procession on the streets, the recital of the holy book of Sikhs are the highlights of this festival.

Key Attraction: The processions on the street.

When: December.

Where: Fatehgarh sahib district.

Duration of Festival: Three days.

7. Gurupurab:

Gurupurab is a matter of spirituality for the Sikhs and is one of the important festivals of Punjab. This festival celebrates the highly revered Sikh Guru’s birth anniversaries by the Sikh community. The religious procession with the chanting of holy hymns marks the beginning of this festival. During this auspicious festival, you can enjoy the sweet and holy langar, offer prayers and seek blessings.

Key Attraction: Religious processions.

When: November.

Where: All over the state.

Duration of Festival: One day.

8. Hola Mohalla:

Hola Mohalla is one of the famous festivals celebrated in Anandpur Sahib and Kiratpur Sahib after the entire nation celebrates Holi. Guru Govind Singh has accepted Khalsa Panth, which the people of this state commemorate. Langar, path, kirtan is arranged, and Gurudwaras are decorated beautifully. The philosophies of life taught by the great Sikh gurus are remembered during this festival, and the region is soaked in the spiritual vibes.

Key Attraction: Religious programs, Cultural activities, Horse riding by Nihangs, langar at the Gurudwaras.

When: March.

Where: All over Punjab.

Duration of Festival: Three days.

9. Chappar Mela:

Chappar Mela is one of the spectacular festivals in Punjab that is celebrated in the memory of Gugga Pir commemorating his descent. Apart from various traditions, this fair is filled with music and dance every year in September. Moreover, people worship the Lord of the snake during this festival, and this tradition started around 150 years ago.

Key Attraction: Fun-filled activities, music, and dance.

When: September.

Where: Ludhiana.

Duration of Festival: Three days.

10. Karwa Chauth:

Karwa Chauth is a prominent festival celebrated all over North India, and it has a special place in Punjab festivals. Celebrated in the month of Kartik when married and engaged women fast from sunrise to moonrise. They pray for their partners’ long life and health and is a beautiful representation of the bond between married couples.

Key Attraction: Women dress up like they were on the wedding day. Women break their fast after looking at the moon.

When: October.

Where: All over Punjab.

Duration of Festival: One day.

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11. Diwali:

Diwali is yet another festival widely celebrated in the Punjab regions with people lighting their houses to the max and decorating them in folk art. Sweets are offered and distributed. The Golden Temple in Amritsar adorns and ornaments itself while earthen lamps are set to sail in front just like a newly-wed bride.

12. Tikka or Bhai Dooj:

Tikka, popularly known as Bhai Dooj, is a festival celebrated the day after Diwali, and it signifies the beautiful bond between brothers and sisters. Sisters pray for the long life of the brother by applying a tika on his forehead. Whereas brother showers the sister with gifts and sweets are exchanged between each other.

Key Attraction: Celebration of the beautiful bond between siblings, Gifts, and sweets.

When: November.

Where: All over Punjab.

Duration of Festival: One day.

You can experience the enthusiasm and colourfulness of Punjab during festivals. The people in this state welcome one and all with open arms, and you will never find yourself alone in this place. All the major festivals are associated with agriculture and are an inseparable part of their life. Mark your calendar to the dates of these festivals before you plan a visit to Punjab. So don’t forget to let us know if you found this article helpful!

FAQ:

1. What are the favourite shopping items you can buy in Punjab?

Ans: Here is the list of some of the items you can buy as a souvenir to your visit to Punjab:

  • Punjabi jutti.
  • Punjabi suit.
  • Amritsari pickles.
  • Bangles.
  • Parandhis.
  • Punjabi phulkari.
  • Wollen textiles.

2. What are the famous folk dance forms of Punjab?

Ans: Some of the famous festivals that are unique to Punjab are:

  • Giddha.
  • Bhangra.
  • Dhaman.
  • Bhand.
  • Daff.
  • Naqual.

3. Why is Baisakhi celebrated in Punjab?

Ans: Baisakhi is considered the national festival of Punjab. It commemorates the harvesting of the first crop of the year, and according to the Sikh’s calendar, it is also considered the first day of the new year.

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