No visitor to Punjab can escape the heady sense of magic that pervades the air as the calendar (13th April 2017) brings in the Baisakhi festival. The day unveils a celebration that is an intoxicating mix of boisterous fun and religious fervour.
Celebrated as the Sikh New Year, it was on this day in 1699 that the 10th Sikh Guru, Guru Gobind Singh, formed the Khalsa Panth, the brotherhood of saint soldiers. Commemorating this day, festivities all across Punjab, and especially in the city of Amritsar, are particularly grand.
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