Family related ceremonies
Nam Karan Ceremony (Naming of a Child)
After a few days of the birth of the child, child and the
mother are taken to Gurudwara to seek blessings and for (Naam
Karan) naming ceremony of the child. Karah Prashad is prepared
and distributed by the family. The mother and the infant are
given Amrit. From the first letter of the Hukamnaama (Lord's
message) the child's name is chosen.
In Sikhism, display of grief over death is discouraged. After
the death, the body is bathed and clothed by family members.
Before taking the body to the cremation grounds, it is taken
to the Gurudwara, to pay the last homage but it is not taken
inside the premises. During the cremation process Kirtan Sohila
is recited followed by Ardas. The ashes are disposed of in
the river For Ten days Guru Granth Sahib is read at home or
in the Gurudwara.
Amrit Sanskar, Baptism, Amrit Chakna
To become a Khalsa Sikh, one participates in the sacred ceremony.
After becoming Khalsa Sikh one has to recite the hymns of
Japji, Jaap, Ten Sawayyas, Bainti Chaupai and 6 verses from
Akhand Path is performed on all occasions be it joyous or
sad. It is a non-stop reading of the Holy Book Guru Granth
Sahib. At the conclusion (Bhog), Karah Parsad is offered.
The birth and deaths of Gurus are celebrated as Gurupurbs.
First installation of Sri Guru Granth Sahib in the Golden
Temple by Guru Arjan Dev, Birth of Guru Nanak (traditionally
celebrated in November), Birth of Guru Gobind Singh, Martyrdom
of Guru Arjan Dev, Martyrdom of Guru Tegh Bahadur and Martyrdom
of The Sahibzadas (the sons of Guru Gobind Singh) are celebrated
with great zeal in Golden Temple.
On Baisakhi Day, Guru Gobind Guru gathered thousands of people
at Anandpur Sahib to found the Khalsa order by baptizing 5
brave Sikhs who were willing to give their life for the Guru.
This day is celebrated as birthday of Khalsa.
It marks the beginning of a new month. At the Gurudwara,
portions of Bara Maha, Song of the 12 Months are read.
In the memory of the martyrdom of the Forty Immortals, Maghi
is celebrated. Guru Gobind Singh Ji blessed them salvation
and cremated them at Muktsar.
Hola Mohalla falls on the Holi Festival of the Hindus. Military
exercises swordsmanship and horse riding like are displayed
by Nihang Singhs. Various competitions of Poetry and Music
are held to celebrate this day.
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