Of gold and glory
Ripe-gold wheat fields, Punjabi mutiyars dancing to peppy giddha beats and gabrus revving up the mood with bhangra, kurta chadras and crisp turbans - it's time for harvest again!chandigarh Updated: Apr 13, 2012 16:37 IST
Ripe-gold wheat fields, Punjabi mutiyars dancing to peppy giddha beats and gabrus revving up the mood with bhangra, kurta chadras and crisp turbans - it's time for harvest again!
Baisakhi also holds a special significance for the Sikhs, as on this day in 1699, their tenth guru, Guru Gobind Singh ji, organised the order of the Khalsa. As the region gets set to celebrate the vivacious spirit of this festival, HT City chats with some Punjabi celebrities to discover what this festive occasion means to them and how they plan to celebrate.
Ayushmann Khurrana (VJ-turned-actor)
"Since I belong to Chandigarh, Baisakhi has always been a grand occasion. This time, my film, Vicky Donor, is releasing a week after Baisakhi, so my brother is hosting a special langar at Gurdwara Bangla Sahib in Delhi to pray for its success."
Aman Dhaliwal (actor):
"This time, I am home [Mansa] for a Baisakhi holiday, and I am going to visit the famous, Talwandi Sabo Baisakhi Fair, and celebrate Baisakhi traditionally. Later, I would enjoy the special Baisakhi feast prepared by my mother, which would include kada parshad, kheer and pulao."
Gippy Grewal (singer-turned-actor):
"This time, after many years, I am in Punjab for Baisakhi, so I am going to wear something yellow and take both my sons to the gurdwara first thing in the morning. This Baisakhi, I am also releasing popular tracks from my film, Mirza, including the song Pind Nanke, in theatres."
Sonu Sood (actor):
"I miss my childhood Baisakhi celebrations in Moga. Now, I try to bring the Baisakhi flavour to Mumbai by wearing something yellow. My wife cooks a special yellow dessert to celebrate the festival, and we invite friends and relatives and host a lavish lunch."
Tanya Abrol (actor):
"Every Baisakhi, I make it a point to dress up traditionally in a yellow salwaar kameez and cook kesari kadha parshad, after which, I head to the gurdwara for sewa."
Pammi Bai (singer):
"Baisakhi is the time for harvest, so the first thing I do is head to the gurdwara and then spend some quality time in my golden fields at home [Patiala]. In the evenings, I usually perform some special Baisakhi songs. This time, I'd be performing live for a TV channel."