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Baisakhi, derived from the month of Vaisakh, is New Year's Day in Punjab. It falls on April 13 and marks the ripening of the Rabi harvest. Baisakhi is always celebrated with unusual vigour and gaiety and the performance of Bhangra. Baisakhi also has a religious significance for the Sikhs. It was during the Baisakhi celebrations in 1699 AD that the tenth Sikh Guru Gobind Singh founded the Khalsa Panth. On Baisakhi, people gather in Amritsar to offer prayers at the Golden Temple and to have a dip in the Holy Sarovar. Sikhs visits gurdwaras and listen to kirtans and discourses and read texts from the holy Guru Granth Sahib.  



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