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    January 14, 2016

    Maghi

    Last Year (2015) 14th January/ Wednesday
    Present Year (2016) 14th January/ Thursday
    Next Year (2017) 13th January/ Tuesday

     

    MAGHI is the most popular eve of Sikh Religion that is celebrated every year in January to commemorate the sacrifice of the martyrdom of Forty Immortals.   One of the sacred and famous festivals of Sikhs, Maghi is also known as Makara Sankranti.  It is a common Indian Fest that is celebrated and bonfires lit in the Hindu Homes to welcome the baby boys in the families.  It starts by taking a dip in the holy river, the reason being it is considered as an auspicious for devotees.

     CELEBRATION:

    Magh Purnima marks the conclusion of Magha month in North India. On the occasion of Maghi, Sikhs in every part of the world, organize major activities to make this celebration memorable.  Every year people gather in gurudwaras to listen to kirtan on this day. The Maghi of Muktsar is very famous and people from different regions of Punjab gather there in commemoration of the heroic fight of the Chali Muktas, who sacrifice their lives warding off an attack and fought bravely against overwhelming forces of Mughal Army. The fight against Sikhs and Mughals took place near a pool of Khidrane di Dhab, in December 1705.

    In their remembrance and to make their kids know about their religion and their sacrifices celebrate Maghi according to the Sikh religion rituals. Most of the times, people call this festival Lohri.  A horde of pilgrims takes a holy dip in the sacred waters of Sarovar and makes a visit to several shrines.

    It is celebrated on the very first day of the Hindu month of Magh and many Sikh communities worldwide distribute langars and sweets among the children and people.    The reason why people gather at  Muktsar is that all the Forty Liberated Ones were cremated at Muktsar and were blessed by Guru Gobind Singh Ji personally.  Sikhs pride themselves to be a part of this religion due to the sacrifice of their Gurus.

     

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