Sikh festivals

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Below are listed the important festivals of the Sikhs: Some are celebrations while others are remberance days. The dates for three of the festivals - (Hola Mohalla, Bandi Chhor Divas and Parkash Guru Nanak Sahib) vary from one year to another as these are lunar linked.

Dates Important Events Nanakshahi Date
5 January Birth of Guru Gobind Singh, the Tenth Sikh Guru 23 Poh
March Hola Mohalla festival (first full moon in March) *see below
14 March Nanakshahi New Year commences 1 Chet
14 April Vaisakhi, the ordination of the Khalsa 1 Vaisakh
16 June Guru Arjan, the fifth Guru of the Sikhs, in martyred by Chandu Shah in Lahore 2 Harh
1 September Guru Granth Sahib, the Sikh scripture, is installed at the Golden Temple for the first time 17 Bhadon
October - November Bandi Chhorh Divas - Prisoners Release Day - the Sikhs celebrate the safe return of the sixth Nanak, Guru Hargobind from detention from Gwalior Fort in about October 1619 *see below
20 October Sovereignty of the Sikh Scripture (Guru Granth Sahib) declared as the Guru for all times to come by Guru Gobind Singh, the tenth and the last Sikh Guru 6 Katik
November Celebration of the birth of Guru Nanak, the first Sikh Guru and the founder of Sikhism Vaisakhi, the ordination of the Khalsa *see below
24 November Guru Tegh Bahadur martyred in Delhi by Aurangzeb for defending the oppressed 11 Maghar
21 December Ajit Singh and Jujhar Singh, the two elder sons of Guru Gobind Singh, martyred in the battle of Chamkaur 8 Poh
26 Dec Zorawar Singh and Fateh Singh, the two younger sons of Guru Gobind Singh, executed in Sirhind 13 Poh

Dates for the three moveable events

Movable dates for Sikh festivals (these change every year in line with the lunar phase)

Year Hola Mohalla Bandi Chhor Divas Parkash Guru Nanak
Moon phase
Full moon
New moon
Full moon
2003 19 Mar 25 Oct 8 Nov
2004 7 Mar 12 Nov 26 Nov
2005 26 Mar 1 Nov 15 Nov
2006 15 Mar 21 Oct 5 Nov
2007 4 Mar 9 Nov 24 Nov
2008 22 Mar 28 Oct 13 Nov
2009 11 Mar 17 Oct 2 Nov
2010 1 Mar 5 Nov 21 Nov
2011 20 Mar 26 Oct 10 Nov
2012 9 Mar 13 Nov 28 Nov
2013 28 Mar 3 Nov 17 Nov
2014 17 Mar 23 Oct 6 Nov
2015 6 Mar 11 Nov 25 Nov
2016 24 Mar 30 Oct 14 Nov
2017 13 Mar 19 Oct 4 Nov
2018 2 Mar 7 Nov 23 Nov
2019 21 Mar 27 Oct 12 Nov
2020 10 Mar 14 Nov 30 Nov

See also