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Celebrations have been going down in India on the eve of the 550th anniversary of the beginning of Guru Nanak – the founding father of Sikhism.


Sikhs have additionally been celebrating in Pakistan following the historic opening of the Kartarpur hall, which permits Indians entry to one in all Sikhism’s holiest shrines with out having to use for a visa.

Tensions between the neighbours have made it troublesome for Indian pilgrims to go to the positioning in Pakistan lately however an settlement reached final month permits Indians to make the 4km (2.5-mile) crossing to the Gurdwara Darbar Sahib Kartarpur – the place Guru Nanak spent the final 18 years of his life.


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Devotees from internationally go to the shrine for yearly to commemorate Guru Nanak’s beginning. Indian Sikhs will now have the ability to go to with simply their passports, however they won’t be allowed to go away the positioning or keep in a single day.

The Golden Temple in Amritsar, in north-western India, is the holiest Gurdwara (the place Sikhs worship). It was lit as much as host processions as Sikh worshippers took half within the three-day celebration of Guru Nanak’s beginning.

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On the primary day of celebrations (10 December) Sikhs learn the Sikh holy guide – the Guru Granth Sahib – from starting to finish.

The guide was paraded by means of the streets of Amritsar on Monday in a hand-held carriage, as historically occurs on the second day.

These processions are led by 5 folks representing the unique Panj Pyare – the 5 Beloved Ones – who helped form the faith.

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Devotees of all ages additionally loved vibrant martial arts performances often called Gatka.

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In New Delhi, armed Sikh warriors often called Nihangs paraded by means of the town on horseback, wearing vibrant turbans and robes.

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On Tuesday, the day of the anniversary and the ultimate day of celebrations, gurdwaras will probably be adorned with flowers, flags and lights whereas worshippers sing hymns, recite poems and hearken to lectures on Sikhism.

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