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Baisakhi one of the important festival for the Sikhs is celebrated with great fervor in Ludhiana. For the Sikhs the day is a collective celebration of New year along with the organisation of the order of the 'Khalsa Panth' (Sikh brotherhood) by their tenth Guru Gobind Singh in 1699. Baisakhi which falls on the first day of the Baisakh month (April/May) i.e the beginning of the harvest season is celebrated for three-days. It is the harvest festival to collect the rabi (winter crop). On this day five 'Panj Pyaras' (five senior Sikhs) are selected as Khalsas, symbolic of the original leaders who took up the five kakas like Kesh (unshorn hair), kanga (small boxwood comb in their hair), kaccha (a pair of shorts), kara (a steel bangle) and a kirpan (a short dagger), which is an essential part of their identity. They celebrate the day by wearing new clothes, prepare festival food and performing the famous joyful traditional dance bhangra and gidda .

On the festival day people wake up early in the morning and take bath in the holy river and visit the nearby Gurdwaras to participate in the festivities and special prayer meetings. At the end of the Baisakhi ardas, the devotees get a specially prepared Kara prasad or sweetened semolina and also conduct a guru ka langar or community lunch and then a Baisakhi procession will be conducted , under the leadership of Panj Pyaras. The procession passes through the major regions of the city with the performance of devotional songs ,mock duels, bhangra and gidda dance performances by the devotees. 

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