Baisakhi in US
Baisakhi celebrations begin a day before the festival in US. Early morning Sikh families arrive with grocery bags to begin for langar preparations at nearby Gurudwara. Baisakhi celebrations at the Sikh Gurudwara of Greater Chicago is a much watched out scene. Thousands of people come to the gurudwara to celebrate Biasakhi with other Sikhs. People are seen in colorful new clothes. Everyone wishes to relish the great langar at the Gurudwara as it is considered very auspicious.
The whole day is spent in listening to the religious hymns and kirtan for which specially trained ragis are called from Punjab. People who have gathered at the gurudwara to celebrate Baisakhi eagerly await for the raising of the Nishan Sahib, the Sikh Flag. The flagpole is washed and a new flag is installed. When the new Nishan Sahib is raised Sikh together shout the slogan Jo Bole So Nihal, Sat Sri Akal.
Contributed by: Balbir Kaur