If each day is like any other, why should we celebrate?
If each day is like any other, why should we celebrate?
A devotee at Harmandir Sahib

Should we be celebrating Gurpurabs, Vaisakhi, and all the other holidays in Sikhism? It may seem like a strange question to ask, after all Sikhs have been celebrating these holidays and festivals since the time of the Gurus. But it's something that crosses my peoples minds. In Gurbani, the Guru says many times that the most auspicious day is the one where you connect with God:

 

ਮਾਹ ਦਿਵਸ ਮੂਰਤ ਭਲੇ ਜਿਸ ਕਉ ਨਦਰਿ ਕਰੇ ॥ 

The months, the days, and the moments are auspicious, for those upon whom the Lord casts his Glance of Grace

Sri Guru Granth Sahib Ji, Ang 136

 

Growing up, my Tayaji was the one who taught me everything I know about Sikhism so I asked his opinion. He explained that although our Guru does indeed teach us that every day is like any other, taking time to remember historical events and the spiritual significance behind them can help us get closer to God. He said the key thing was to ensure that you don’t lose sight of what’s important otherwise the celebration can turn into an empty ritual.

 

I think the holiday ideas we've shared on this website adhere to that principle. You don't want your kids to think that by doing these activities they will be "rewarded" by God or by not doing them something bad would happen. Each of her activities impart a spiritual lesson that kids can remember throughout the year. Hopefully, as they grow older they will realize that the spiritual lesson is the reward.

So celebrating Sikh holidays is not about auspicious days or how you celebrate. Whether you celebrate by going to a Nagar Kirtan, holding an Akhand Path, or doing something at home with your family, always keep God close to your heart and your celebration will be a worthy one.