With a vibrant culture that celebrates the exuberant spirit of people, the festivals in Amritsar take on a special intensity that exudes pure energy. The spirit of Amritsar is also found in its festivals. People of Punjab love to celebrate, and they love to dance. So, almost all the festivals celebrated in Amritsar feature dance in one form or the other.
From the harvest to handicraft fairs, all significant events in Amritsar are full of colour and joy. But festivals like Guru Purab are solemn affairs that revere the Sikh Gurus. Granth Sahibs are taken out in processions and people flock to Gurudwaras to seek their Guru’s blessings.
Food is also a big part of festivals in Amritsar. The city has a rich culinary heritage that comes to the fore at these festivities. In fact, religious events in Amritsar are incomplete without a flavourful spread. So, the next time you’re in Amritsar try and be a part of one of these festivals to get an up-close look at the city’s culture.
Perhaps the most well-known festival from Punjab, Baisakhi celebrates a time of plenty. It is the first day of the Sikh New Year and also the day of harvest of the first crop of the year. Try and match the energy of the locals as they dance the Bhangra to the pulsating beats of the dhol.
In Amritsar, the day after Holi is reserved for Hola Mohalla. It marks the inception of the warrior Khalsa Panth by Guru Gobind Singh Ji. All Gurudwaras around Amritsar are decorated and langars are arranged all over. The highlight of the festival are the jaw-dropping martial demonstrations by Khalsa Nihangs.
Teeyan celebrates the arrival of monsoon and is specifically a festival for women. Young women wear new clothes, dance the Giddha and offer prayers for their spouses’ wellbeing.
To catch these and more events in Amritsar, book your next Amritsar holidays from SOTC and begin your cultural explorations.