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As all other religions have some major festivals like Christmas,Eid,Diwali and Holi so I was curious what are some major sikh festivals. And also If Sikhs have any kind of holy day of the week as in Abrahamic religions.

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3 hours ago, YOYO29 said:

As all other religions have some major festivals like Christmas,Eid,Diwali and Holi so I was curious what are some major sikh festivals. And also If Sikhs have any kind of holy day of the week as in Abrahamic religions.

bro ,

All days are equally blessed for a sikh , yes we do commerate our shaheeds and our Guru Sahiban births, guru Gaddi and Joti jot . In fact we have so many shaheeds that every day of the year we could commerate them ...Birth of Khalsa is the biggest celebration as so many join the Khalsa on that day each year too.

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14 hours ago, YOYO29 said:

And also If Sikhs have any kind of holy day of the week as in Abrahamic religions.

No, no day is considered holy in itself. In Sikhism, any day or time period is considered holy in which you remember God:

ਧੰਨੁ ਪਲੁ ਚਸਾ ਘੜੀ ਪਹਰ ਧੰਨੁ ਧੰਨੁ ਥਿਤਿ ਸੁ ਵਾਰ ਸਭਾਗੇ।

Dhannu Palu Chasaa Gharhee Paharu Dhannu Dhannu Diti Su Vaar Sabhaagay |

Blessed is the moment, the blinking time, the hour, the date, the day (during which you remember the Lord).

ਧੰਨੁ ਧੰਨੁ ਦਿਹੁ ਰਾਤਿ ਹੈ ਪਖੁ ਮਾਹ ਰੁਤਿ ਸੰਮਤਿ ਜਾਗੇ।

Dhannu Dhannu Dihu Raati Hai Pakhu Maah Ruti Sanmati Jaagay |

Day, night, fortnight, months, season and the year are auspicious wherein mind tries to rise (to divinity).

ਵਾਰਾਂ ਭਾਈ ਗੁਰਦਾਸ : ਵਾਰ ੬ ਪਉੜੀ ੧੭ ਪੰ. ੨

 

That said, it is considered a good thing to mark special events (such as the Gurus' births):

ਕੁਰਬਾਣੀ ਤਿਨ੍ਹਾਂ ਗੁਰਸਿਖਾਂ ਭਾਇ ਭਗਤਿ ਗੁਰਪੁਰਬ ਕਰੰਦੇ।

Kurabaanee Tinhaan Gurasikhaan Bhaai Bhagati Gurapurab Karanday |

I am sacrifice unto those Gursikhs who celebrate Guru’s anniversaries with full devotion.

ਵਾਰਾਂ ਭਾਈ ਗੁਰਦਾਸ : ਵਾਰ ੧੨ ਪਉੜੀ ੨ ਪੰ. ੭

 

14 hours ago, YOYO29 said:

I was curious what are some major sikh festivals.

Theoretically, all the 10 Gurus birth dates (prakash purab) would be open to celebration, but practically, most Gurdwaras only celebrate (to a major extent) the births of the 1st Guru Nanak Dev ji and the 10th Guru Gobind Singh ji. Other Gurus' dates might be marked by a few words during the normal morning congregation.

Places that are specific to a certain Guru (like Goindal Sahib for the 3rd Guru) would usually celebrate that Guru in a major way (with an uninterrupted reading of the Sikh scriptures plus a hymn singing program).

Additionally, there are Baisakhi, a farming festival celebrated as the birth of the Khalsa (order of initiated Sikhs), Divali (celebrated as the return of the 6th Guru Hargobind ji from prison). Hola Mohalla is celebrated at Anandpur Sahib as mock war practice. Dussehra is celebrated at Hazur Sahib. The installation of the first copy of Guru Granth Sahib is celebrated at Amritsar. Finally, there are the martyrdoms of 5th Guru Arjan Dev ji and 9th Guru Tegh Bahadur ji.

Birth of Guru Nanak - November or so

Birth of Guru Gobind Singh - December or January

Hola Mohalla - March

Baisakhi - Apr 13 or so

Divali - October or so

5th Guru martyrdom - June

9th Guru martyrdom - November/December

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Dushera is in october

Maghi mela is in january

martyrdom of 4 sahibzade in december

birth of mata sahib devan in october

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21 hours ago, jkvlondon said:

Birth of Khalsa is the biggest celebration as so many join the Khalsa on that day each year too.

Even biggest than Gurpurab ? Thanks for the answer though

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8 hours ago, BhForce said:

Additionally, there are Baisakhi, a farming festival celebrated as the birth of the Khalsa (order of initiated Sikhs), Divali (celebrated as the return of the 6th Guru Hargobind ji from prison). Hola Mohalla is celebrated at Anandpur Sahib as mock war practice. Dussehra is celebrated at Hazur Sahib. The installation of the first copy of Guru Granth Sahib is celebrated at Amritsar. Finally, there are the martyrdoms of 5th Guru Arjan Dev ji and 9th Guru Tegh Bahadur ji.

Birth of Guru Nanak - November or so

Birth of Guru Gobind Singh - December or January

Hola Mohalla - March

Baisakhi - Apr 13 or so

Divali - October or so

5th Guru martyrdom - June

9th Guru martyrdom - November/December

Thank you so much for the detailed answer.That's exactly what I was looking for.

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8 hours ago, BhForce said:

5th Guru martyrdom - June
9th Guru martyrdom - November/December

 

4 hours ago, Singh123456777 said:

martyrdom of 4 sahibzade in december

How do Sikh commemorate the martyrdom of chote sahibzade ?I mean do some special religious ceremonies take place where the events of martyrdom of chote sahibzade are narrated ? And do Sikh marry in these days of grief ?  or is it considered a kind of taboo ?

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12 minutes ago, YOYO29 said:

How do Sikh commemorate the martyrdom of chote sahibzade ?I mean do some special religious ceremonies take place where the events of martyrdom of chote sahibzade are narrated ? And do Sikh marry in these days of grief ?  or is it considered a kind of taboo ?

Yea at chamkur sahib and fategarh sahib where the sahibzade attained martyrdom, a big festival happens with people doing religious ceremonies etc. 

The nihangs have a jorh mela called fatehgarh jorh mela in memory of the sahibzade and they do tent pegging, a display of arms and combat etc.

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1) Diwali is celebrated at Sri Darbar Sahib, Amritsar.

2) Vaisakhi is celebrated at Damdama Sahib.

3) Hola Mahalla at Anandpur Sahib.

There are celebrations of Gurpurabs and Masya (new moon) or Sangrand (new month).

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On 5/26/2018 at 10:02 AM, Singh123456777 said:

Dushera is in october

Maghi mela is in january

martyrdom of 4 sahibzade in december

birth of mata sahib devan in october

Dushera is for Hindus like you. And for the traitor Santo!

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2 hours ago, acsap said:

Dushera is for Hindus like you. And for the traitor Santo!

what a silly thing to say Dusshera has traditionally been used to put effort into doing gurbani uchharaan, disemmination through katha vichar in sangat , it runs parallel to main hindu festivals as most people know when they are and to stop our people slipping back into superstitious or tahndi kalan karam ...e.g. Baisakhi for us is time to collect at our pind and celebrate new members to our family not dance and drink like most others ...

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17 hours ago, acsap said:

Dushera is for Hindus like you. And for the traitor Santo!

ਦੁਸਹਰੇ ਦੇ ਦਿਨ ਪੂਜਾ ਸ਼ਸਤ੍ਰਾਂ ਦੀ ਕਰਨ । ਚੰਡੀਪਾਠ ਕੀਤਾ ਰਸਨਾ ਦਾ ਉਚਾਰਨ ।
On the days of Dusshera, worship your weapons. From your mouths you should recite the ballads of Chandi [Chandi Chritars and Chandi Di Vaar].

ਧੂਪ ਦੀਪ, ਪੁਸ਼ਪ, ਬਹੁਤ ਹੋਵੈ ਸੁਗੰਧਿ । ਕੇਸਰ, ਚੰਦਨ, ਚਉਰ ਝੁਲੰਤ ।੩੯੦।
[Worship your weapons by using] lots of Incense, Gee-lamps, flowers and nice fragrances. [Use] Saffron, Sandalwood and a Wisk to wave [above your weapons].

- Bansavalinama pg. 161 ਬੰਸਾਵਲੀਨਾਮਾ ਪਨਾ ੧੬੧

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20 hours ago, acsap said:

And for the traitor Santo!

Jathedar Akaali Baba Santa Singh Nihang 96krori Budha Dal.

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20 hours ago, acsap said:

Dushera is for Hindus like you

Yup it is for hindus like me and all the singh-hindus in the 1700s.

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