2800 Sikh Yatri from India cross Wagah for Vaisakhi Celebration in Pk.
“The Pakistani Government Vaisakhi Arrangements for us are outstanding,” Sikh Yatri. The major event will be held on April 14 at Gurdwara Panja Sahib Hasan Abdal. The pilgrims will visit Dera Sahib, Panja Sahib, Nankana Sahib, and Kartarpur Sahib during their visit.
In an interview, (ETPB) Additional Secretary Rana Shahid welcomed the Sikh brothers and stated that all provisions for clean drinking water, clean washrooms, trains, sitting arrangements, and security had been made available to the Sikh Yatrees.
The pilgrims would visit Nankana Sahib and other destinations after attending the major ritual at the Gurdwara Panja Sahib (Hasanabdal).
A Sikh envoy stated that they were delighted to visit Pakistan because its people promote peace throughout the subcontinent. “The preparations made for us by the Pakistan government are impressive,” Says Another Yatree
After conducting Religious Rites, Sikh pilgrims will depart for India on April 18. Every year, a big number of Sikh pilgrims from India visit Pakistan to take part in various religious festivals and festivities.
History of Vaisakhi
Vaisakhi has long been a harvest festival in Punjab, a region of northern India, even before it became so important to Sikhs.
Guru Gobind Singh chose the event in 1699 to establish the Khalsa – the collective designation for Sikhs who have been baptized.
According to legend, at the festival, he emerged from a tent wielding a sword and declared that any Sikh willing to give his life for his faith should enter the tent.
Five men went into the tent, and the Guru emerged alone, with blood on his blade. The people were alarmed.
That was until the five men emerged from the tent, unscathed and sporting turbans.