A new year beginning on Baisakhi

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Marking the beginning of the solar new year, a Sikh family takes a holy dip on the occasion of Baisakhi at Bangla Sahib Gurudwara. One of the most popular festivals, Baisakhi has a special significance for Sikhs as on this day in 1699, the tenth guru, Guru Gobind Singh Ji formed the order of the Khalsa. The festival widely celebrated in many northern states of India such as Haryana, Himachal Pradesh and Uttarakhand also coincides with other new year festivals celebrated across the southern states. (HT Photo)

Marking the beginning of the solar new year, a Sikh family takes a holy dip on the occasion of Baisakhi at Bangla Sahib Gurudwara. One of the most popular festivals, Baisakhi has a special significance for Sikhs as on this day in 1699, the tenth guru, Guru Gobind Singh Ji formed the order of the Khalsa. The festival widely celebrated in many northern states of India such as Haryana, Himachal Pradesh and Uttarakhand also coincides with other new year festivals celebrated across the southern states. (HT Photo)

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Baisakhi is traditionally celebrated as the festival of the first harvest of the year, right after the winter season. (Kulbir Beera/ht photo)

Baisakhi is traditionally celebrated as the festival of the first harvest of the year, right after the winter season. (Kulbir Beera/ht photo)

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Sikh devotees eat a community vegetarian meal, known as 'langar' at a Gurdwara on Baisakhi, in Noida. (Burhaan Kinu/ht photo)

Sikh devotees eat a community vegetarian meal, known as 'langar' at a Gurdwara on Baisakhi, in Noida. (Burhaan Kinu/ht photo)

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Students of Khalsa College performing traditional and Punjabi folk dance celebrating the coming harvest season in Amritsar. (Gurpreet Singh/ht photo)

Students of Khalsa College performing traditional and Punjabi folk dance celebrating the coming harvest season in Amritsar. (Gurpreet Singh/ht photo)

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Nihang performing martial stunts riding on horses during a Baisakhi Mohalla festival at Talwandi Sabo near Bathinda. (Sanjeev Kumar/ht photo)

Nihang performing martial stunts riding on horses during a Baisakhi Mohalla festival at Talwandi Sabo near Bathinda. (Sanjeev Kumar/ht photo)

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School students celebrate Baisakhi in Singhpura village of Rohtak. (Manoj Dhaka/ht photo)

School students celebrate Baisakhi in Singhpura village of Rohtak. (Manoj Dhaka/ht photo)

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Takht Sri Damdama Sahib illuminated on the eve of Baisakhi in Talwandi Sabo at Bathinda. (Sanjeev Kumar/ht photo)

Takht Sri Damdama Sahib illuminated on the eve of Baisakhi in Talwandi Sabo at Bathinda. (Sanjeev Kumar/ht photo)

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Students of Khalsa College performing traditional and Punjabi folk dance, celebrating the coming harvest season in Amritsar. (Gurpreet Singh/ht photo)

Students of Khalsa College performing traditional and Punjabi folk dance, celebrating the coming harvest season in Amritsar. (Gurpreet Singh/ht photo)

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Sikh devotees hold a child as they take a dip in the holy sarovar at Gurudwara Bangla Sahib in New Delhi. (Raj K Raj /ht photo)

Sikh devotees hold a child as they take a dip in the holy sarovar at Gurudwara Bangla Sahib in New Delhi. (Raj K Raj /ht photo)

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Gatka Players in action during Nagar Kirtan on the occasion of the Baisakhi festival celebrated in Patiala last year. (bharat bhushan/ht photo)

Gatka Players in action during Nagar Kirtan on the occasion of the Baisakhi festival celebrated in Patiala last year. (bharat bhushan/ht photo)

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Devotees taking part in a special prayer session organised to celebrate the Baisakhi at TT Nagar Gurdwara in Bhopal. (Praveen Bajpai/ht photo)

Devotees taking part in a special prayer session organised to celebrate the Baisakhi at TT Nagar Gurdwara in Bhopal. (Praveen Bajpai/ht photo)

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