Sikh festivals and pilgrimage

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Part of the Macmillan Master Series book series (MMS)


The Sikhs share the same calendar as the Hindus, but their religious new year falls on the first day of Baisakhi. This is the only fixed festival in Sikhism, and it takes place on 13 April. There was no interest in special holy days until the leadership of Guru Amar Das. He ordered the Sikhs to assemble before him at Baisakhi and Diwali, which are the two most important festivals in the north Indian Hindu calendar. The consequence was that the Sikhs had to choose where their allegiance lay; with the ways of the village or in the service of the Guru.


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