The Guru Nanak Jayanti also known as Gurupurab and Guru Nanak Prakash Utsav is celebrated every year on kartik poornima to mark the birth anniversary of Guru Guru Nanak ji who was the first Sikh Guru. It is the most sacred festival of the Sikhs. He was born in 1469 at Shekhupura, Pakistan, now it is known as Nanaka Sahib. On 12th November 2019 it will be his 550th birth anniversary.
The celebration begins with Prabhat Pheris which start from the Gurudwara and the Sikhs go around the locality singing hymns. For two consecutive days before jayanti the Guru Granth Sahib, the sacred holy book of the sikhs is read in the gurudwaras. This practice is also known as Akhand Path. A day after the celebration a procession called Nagarkirtan is led by the Panj Pyaras (which means the five beloved ones) carrying the sikh flag and Palki of the Guru Granth Sahib and in that procession people sing various hymns and bhajans.
On the day of the celebration people wake up early at around 4-5 am, the time is known as Amrit Vela, the day begins with Asaa-ki-vaar and whole day kirtans(hymns) are performed at the gurudwaras in the praise of the Guru. Langars are organised where people come and eat prashad.
This is a sacred festival of the sikhs and on this auspicious day a national holiday is celebrated and this year the holiday will be celebrated on 12th November.