Gurupurabs and Sikh Calendar

Gurupurabs and Sikh Calendar
Sikh Calender

A complete list of Gurpurabs in 2020 is given on this page. The important days associated with Sikh gurus are called as ‘Gurpurab’. The literal meaning of the word Gurpurab is ‘day associated with Guru‘ and it is made of two words Guru and Purb.

Many people outside Punjab assume that Birthday of Shri Guru Nanak Dev Ji as the meaning of Gurpurab. It includes the birthdays (Parkash Utsav or Prakash Diwas), Gurgadi Diwas and Jyoti-Jot day of 10 Gurus. Birthday of some bhagats, whose teachings are included in Guru Granth Sahib, are also celebrated. The days associated with Sri Guru Granth Sahib Ji like Sampuranta Diwas, First Parkash Day and Gurgadi Diwas are also celebrated.

Sikh history is full of martyrs. Arjan Dev Ji, Guru Teg Bahdar Ji, Char Sahibzade, Mata Gujjri Ji and a large number of Sikhs have sacrificed there lives for the good. The pages of history from the beginning of Sikhism to recent times are full of bravery and sacrifices. Shaheedi Diwas (martyrdom day) of great martyrs and days of some great historic events like Khalsa Sajna Diwas are also observed.

Guru Gobind Singh Ji Gurpurab

The Parkash diwas or birthday gurpurab of Shri Guru Gobind Singh Ji is celebrated with great enthusiasm. Shri Guru Gobind Singh Ji was born in 1666 at Patna Sahib, Bihar. Guru Gobind Singh Ji is termed as Sant Sipahi (Saint & Soldier) who founded the Khalsa Panth to stand against the atrocities and forced conversions by Muslim rulers. He sacrificed his whole family for humanity.

Sikh Calendar is divided in 12 months which are as follows.

Sikh Month Begins
Chet March 14
Vaisakh April 14
Jeth May 15
Harh June 15
Sawan July 16
Bhadon August 16
Sikh Month Begins
Asu September 15
Katik October 15
Maghar November 14
Poh December 14
Magh January 13
Phagan February 12

A list of coming Gurpurabs and other important days in Sikh history is given below:

               Gurpurb / Festival Gurpurb / Festival 2020


Gurpurb / Festival Gurpurb / Festival Nanakshahi CE
Parkash Utsav Guru Gobind Singh Sahib 23 Poh 5 Jan
Parkash Utsav Guru Har Rai Sahib 19 Magh 31 Jan
Gurgadi Guru Har Rai Sahib 1 Chet 14 Mar
Nanakshahi New Year Nanakshahi Era 535 commences 1 Chet 14 Mar
Hola Muhalla Hola Muhalla Nanakshahi 1 Chet 14 Mar
Jotijot Guru Hargobind Sahib 6 Chet 19 Mar
Parkash Guru Nanak Sahib 1 Vaisakh 14 Apr
Khalsa Day – Vaisakhi Khalsa Panth Creation anniversary 1 Vaisakh 14 Apr
Jotijot Guru Angad Sahib 3 Vaisakh 16 Apr
Gurgadi Guru Amar Das Sahib 3 Vaisakh 16 Apr
Jotijot Guru Harkrishan Sahib 3 Vaisakh 16 Apr
Gurgadi Guru Tegh Bahadur Sahib 3 Vaisakh 16 Apr
Parkash Guru Angad Sahib 5 Vaisakh 18 Apr
Parkash Guru Tegh Bahadur Sahib 5 Vaisakh 18 Apr
Parkash Guru Arjun Sahib 19 Vaisakh 2 May
Parkash Guru Amar Das Sahib 9 Jeth 23 May
Gurgadi Guru Hargobind Sahib 28 Jeth 11 Jun
Martyrdom Guru Arjun Sahib 2 Harh 16 Jun
Parkash Guru Hargobind Sahib 21 Harh 5 Jul
Miri-Piri Day Guru Hargobind Sahib 6 Sawan 21Jul
Parkash Guru Harkrishan Sahib 8 Sawan 23Jul
First Parkash Guru Granth Sahib 17 Bhadon 1 Sep
Jotijot Guru Amar Das Sahib 2 Asu 16 Sep
Gurgadi Guru Ramdas Sahib 2 Asu 16 Sep
Jotijot Guru Ramdas Sahib 2 Asu 16 Sep
Gurgadi Guru Arjun Sahib 2 Asu 16 Sep
Gurgadi Guru Angad Sahib 4 Asu 18Sep
Jotijot Guru Nanak Sahib 8Asu 22 Sep
Parkash Guru Ramdas Sahib 25 Asu 9 Oct
Jotijot Guru Har Rai Sahib 6 Katik 20 Oct
Gurgadi Guru Harkrishan Sahib 6 Katik 20 Oct
Gurgadi Guru Granth Sahib 6 Katik 20 Oct
Jotijot Guru Gobind Singh Sahib 7Katik 21 Oct
Gurgadi Guru Gobind Singh Sahib 11 Maghar 24 Nov
Martyrdom Guru Tegh Bahadur Sahib 11 Maghar 24 Nov
Martyrdom Elder Sahibzadas 8 Poh 21 Dec
Martyrdom Younger Sahibzadas 13 Poh 26 Dec


Movable Dates (Change Every Year)

Hola Mohalla Bandi Chhor Divas Parkash Guru Nanak Sahib
2003 19 Mar 25 Oct 8 Nov
2004 7 Mar 12 Nov 26 Nov
2005 26 Mar 1 Nov 15 Nov
2006 15 Mar 21 Oct 5 Nov
2007 4 Mar 9 Nov 24 Nov
2008 22 Mar 28 Oct 13 Nov
2009 11 Mar 17 Oct 2 Nov
2010 1 Mar 5 Nov 21 Nov
2011 20 Mar 26 Oct 10 Nov
2012 9 Mar 13 Nov 28 Nov
2013 28 Mar 3 Nov 17 Nov
2014 17 Mar 23 Oct 6 Nov
2015 6 Mar 11 Nov 25 Nov
2016 24 Mar 30 Oct 14 Nov
2017 13 Mar 19 Oct 4 Nov
2018 2 Mar 7 Nov 23 Nov
2019 21 Mar 27 Oct 12 Nov
2020 10 Mar 14 Nov 30 Nov

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