Festival facts: Baisakhi

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By Louise Tellamteacher and freelance writer

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What is Baisakhi?

Introduced by the third Sikh Guru, Amar Das (1479-1574), this was originally a celebration of the New Year for some Hindus, but the Guru set it aside as one of two annual Sikh festivals. Following the founding of the Khalsa (the brotherhood of Sikhs) in 1699, Sikhs also began to celebrate the anniversary of this event at this time. Because of the month of year in which it falls, Vaisakh, this festival is sometimes called Vaisakhi. This year Baisakhi falls on 14 April.

Why is Baisakhi celebrated?

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