Guru Nanak's Birthday

National and Public Holidays in India Regional Holiday in India

Guru Nanak with Bhai Bala, Bhai Mardana and Sikh Gurus

When is Guru Nanak Birthday ?

Year Day Date
2017 Saturday November 4th
2016 Monday November 14th
2015 Wednesday November 25th
2014 Thursday November 6th
2013 Sunday November 17th
2012 Wednesday November 28th

Guru Nanak Sahib, the founder of Sikhism, was born on 15th April, 1469 at Rai-Bhoi-di Talwandi in the present district of Shekhupura (Pakistan), now Nanakana Sahib.

In India in 2016, this day is a holiday in the following regions: Arunachal pradesh, Assam, Chandigarah, Chhattisgarh, Delhi, Gujarat, Haryana, Himachal pradesh, Jammu and Kashmir, Jharkhand, Kerala, Maharashtra, Manipur, Meghalaya, Madhya pradesh, Nagaland, Punjab, Rajasthan, Telangana, Uttar Pradesh, Uttarakhand, West Bengal

The Birthday of Guru Nanak Sahib falls on Kartik Puranmashi i.e. full moon day of the month Kartik (usually November).

Guru Nanak's religious ideas developed from both Hindu and Islamic thought, but are more than a simple synthesis. Nanak was an original spiritual thinker and he expressed his thoughts and ideas in poetry that forms the basis of Sikh scripture.

Little is known about the life of Nanak, but it is accepted that Nanak was born approx. 40 miles from Lahore in modern day Pakistan) in 1469.

Sikh traditions teach that his birth and early years were marked with many events that demonstrated that God had marked him out for something special and was keeping an eye on him.

The Sikh community celebrates Gurupurav all over India, and notably at the Shrine (Gurdwara) representing the home of Baba Kalu (Father) and Mata Tripta (Mother) called Gurdwara Janam Asthan, situated at Rai-Bhoi-di-Talwandi in the present district of Shekhupura (now Nanakana Sahib in Pakistan).

Sikhs from all over the world gather here and celebrate the Gurupurab every year with great devotion and enthusiasm.


On 28 May 2014, the Punjab Assembly on adopted a resolution tabled by MPA Ramesh Singh Arora to declare birthday of Baba Guru Nanak a public holiday in Pakistan from 2014 onwards. This resolution has not become enacted, so there is no public holiday in Pakistan.

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