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Sikh Calendar 2023 is presented here along with dates for all the festivals and holidays celebrated in Sikh Religion. Know more on Sikh Holidays and Festivals in 2023.

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Sikh Calendar 2023: Festivals & Holidays

The next religious festival (holiday) in Sikhism is

Thursday, 14th December, 2023 (29 Maghar)
Birth Sahibzada Baba Fateh Singh Ji

Friday, 15th December, 2023 (30 Maghar)
Gurgaddi Sri Guru Gobind Singh Ji

Sunday, 17th December, 2023 (02 Poh)
Shaheedi Sri Guru Tegh Bahadur Sahib Ji

Saturday, 23rd December, 2023 (08 Poh)
Shaheedi Diwas (Vadde Sahibzade) Sahibzada Baba Ajit & Jujhar Singh Ji

Thursday, 28th December, 2023 (13 Poh)
Shaheedi Diwas (Chote Sahibzade) Sahibzada Baba Jorawar Singh Ji & Fateh Singh Ji

Sikh Festivals - The Punjabi term 'Sikh' refers to or signifies "disciple" because Sikhs were the disciples of God and obey the teachings and writing of the Ten Sikh Gurus. Sikhs give credence to a single god, and they believe that no matter what they do, it should be done while keeping god in mind which is also known as Simran. Guru Nanak's enlightened influence of this new religion was handed to the other nine Gurus consecutively.

Sikhs worship Guru Granth Sahib Ji, which is a sacred scripture for them, collated by their first Guru Nanak Sahib Ji. His heirs were also emended and included in the sacred book later. Disciples still circumambulate this sacred scripture and bend their heads in prayer in front of it. Moreover, different festivals commemorated in Sikhism are marked by carrying out the holy scripture in public processions.

Sikhism is one of the most significant and revered religions in India, and Sikhs celebrate a medley of festivals throughout the year. All these festivals bring the diverse communities of Sikhs together to commemorate some of the most noteworthy dates and events in Sikhism.

Sikh festivals predominantly embrace the birth days of their ten gurus. The birthday of gurus is marked and commemorated with paramount regard, energy and passion, and Guru Granth Sahib Ji (the Sikh scripture) is carried out from gurudwaras on an adorned palanquin, and public processions go along with and follow it with utmost reverence.

Fireworks, the dispensation of Prasad, and celebration meals at the gurudwara are some of the notable aspects of these festivals. Music is believed to be the most powerful means of communication to connect with the Deity in Sikhism; therefore, the playing of Gurbani, Shabad, Kirtans and martial art shows amuse the spectators during these festivities.

Some of the most significant Sikh festivals comprise the birthday commemoration and jollification of their first Guru, Sri Guru Nanak Dev Ji, his heirs' birthdays, Baisakhi, Hola Mohalla, and Diwali. Hola Mohalla is celebrated in March and might concomitantly fall on the day of Sikh New Year too. It is a week-long occasion where Sikhs camp out and relish public presentations of their valor and skillfulness.

Harmonious kirtans additionally follow these presentations. Another fascinating part of the celebrations is that the whole Sikh Sangat participating in the festivals dines side by side, also called pangats. Only vegetarian meals are served during these feasts. A military-like extended procession is carried out on the last day of this festival. Baisakhi is another prominent Sikh festivities that mark the foundation of Khalsa Panth. It is thus honored and celebrated with utmost zeal.

Some of the other main festivals mentioned in the Sikh (Nanakshahi) calender are:

Guru Purab Dates

Sikh Gurpurab Calendar 2023: List of Sikh Festivals & Holidays

Date Day Sikh Festival / Holiday / Gurpurab Desi Month Date
Friday Lohri  
Wednesday-Friday Hola Mohalla (Nanakshahi Calendar)  
Tuesday Nanakshahi New Year (Sammat 555) ~ Sikh New Year (1 Chet)  
Sunday Guru Harrai Guryai  
Wednesday Guru Amar Das Gurgaddi Diwas  
Saturday Guru Angad Dev Jotijot  
Sunday Guru Hargobind Singh Jotijot  
Wednesday Guru Harkishan Singh Jotijot 23 Chet
Wednesday Guru Tegh Bahadur Gurgaddi 23 Chet
Tuesday Guru Teg Bahadur Jayanti 29 Chet
Wednesday Guru Arjun Dev Prakash Purab  
April 13, 2023 Thursday Sikh Turban Day  
Friday Vaisakhi or Khalsa Sajna Diwas 01 Vaisakh
Friday Prakash Guru Angad Dev 08 Vaisakh
Thursday Prakash Sri Guru Amar Das Ji 21 Vaisakh
Saturday Gurgaddi Sri Guru Hargobind Sahib Ji 30 Vaisakh
Tuesday Shaheedi Sri Guru Arjan Dev ji 09 Jeth
Monday Prakash Sri Guru Hargobind Sahib Ji 22 Jeth
Sunday Shaheedi Baba Banda Singh Bahadur 11 Harh
Wednesday Histocial Miri Piri Divas 14 Harh
Tuesday Prakash Sri Guru HarKrishan Sahib Ji 27 Harh
Saturday Prakash 1st Prakash Sri Guru Granth Sahib Ji 31 Bhadon
Sunday Gurgaddi Siri Guru Arjan Dev Ji 01 Assu
Monday Joti Jot Sri Guru Ram Das Ji 02 Assu
Wednesday Gurgaddi Sri Guru Ram Das Ji 11 Assu
Friday Joti Jot Sri Guru Amar Das Ji 13 Assu
Tuesday Gurgaddi Sri Guru Angad Dev Ji 17 Assu
Monday Joti Jot Sri Guru Nanak Dev Ji 23 Assu
Monday Prakash Sri Guru Ram Das Sahib Ji 14 Kattak
Monday Joti Jot Sri Guru Har Rai Sahib Ji 21 Kattak
Monday Gurgaddi Sri Guru HarKrishan Sahib Ji 21 Kattak
Sunday Bandi Chhor Divas (Divali) 27 Kattak
Wednesday Gurgaddi Sri Guru Granth Sahib Ji (Nanded) 30 Kattak
Wednesday Shaheedi Baba Deep Singh Ji 30 Kattak
Saturday Joti Jot Sri Guru Gobind Singh Ji 03 Maghar
Monday Prakash Sri Guru Nanak Dev Ji 12 Maghar
November 30 Thursday Prakash Sahibzada Baba Jorawar Singh Ji 15 Maghar
Thursday Birth Sahibzada Baba Fateh Singh Ji 29 Maghar
Friday Gurgaddi Sri Guru Gobind Singh Ji 30 Maghar
Sunday Shaheedi Sri Guru Tegh Bahadur Sahib Ji 02 Poh
Saturday Shaheedi Sahibzada Baba Ajit Singh Ji 08 Poh
Saturday Shaheedi Sahibzada Baba Jujhar Singh Ji 08 Poh
Thursday Shaheedi Sahibzada Baba Jorawar Singh Ji 13 Poh
Thursday Shaheedi Sahibzada Baba Fateh Singh Ji 13 Poh
January 17, 2024 Wednesday Guru Gobind Singh Jayanti 04 Magh
Monday Prakash Sahibzada Baba Ajit Singh Ji 30 Magh
Wednesday Basant Panchami 02 Phaggan
Thursday Guru Harrai Sahib Ji 10 Phaggan

Mote: Sikh Festival dates mentioned above are subject to change (SGPC Calendar) accordingly. We will keep updating any further changes in the Sikh Holidays 2023 Calendar. We will be updating Sikh Festival Calendar for year 2024 soon.

Sikh Festivals & Holidays

Sikh Months according to Nanakshahi calendar

No. Name Punjabi Days Gregorian Months
1 Chet ਚੇਤ 31 14 March - 13 April
2 Vaisakh ਵੈਸਾਖ 31 14 April - 14 May
3 Jeth ਜੇਠ 31 15 May - 14 June
4 Harh ਹਾੜ 31 15 June - 15 July
5 Sawan ਸਾਵਣ 31 16 July - 15 August
6 Bhadon ਭਾਦੋਂ 30 16 August - 14 September
7 Assu ਅੱਸੂ 30 15 September - 14 October
8 Katak ਕੱਤਕ 30 15 October - 13 November
9 Maghar ਮੱਘਰ 30 14 November - 13 December
10 Poh ਪੋਹ 30 14 December - 12 January
11 Magh ਮਾਘ 30 13 January - 11 February
12 Phagun (Phaggan) ਫੱਗਣ 30/31 12 February - 13 March

Gurgaddi / Gur Gadi Diwas or Guryai refers to installation of Guruship by each successive Sikh Gurus.

Jyoti Jot or Jotijot refers to as (death anniversary) of a Sikh Guru.

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