Guru Nanak's Birthday around the world in 2020

Guru Nanak's Birthday around the world in 2020
  How long until Guru Nanak's Birthday?
This holiday next takes place in 374 days.
  Dates of Guru Nanak's Birthday around the world
2021 Various Nov 18
India Nov 18
Arunachal PradeshThu, Nov 18Regional Holiday
AssamThu, Nov 18Regional Holiday
BiharThu, Nov 18Regional Holiday
ChandigarhThu, Nov 18Regional Holiday
ChhattisgarhThu, Nov 18Regional Holiday
DelhiThu, Nov 18Regional Holiday
GujaratThu, Nov 18Regional Holiday
HaryanaThu, Nov 18Regional Holiday
Himachal PradeshThu, Nov 18Regional Holiday
Jammu and KashmirThu, Nov 18Regional Holiday
JharkhandThu, Nov 18Regional Holiday
Madhya PradeshThu, Nov 18Regional Holiday
MaharashtraThu, Nov 18Regional Holiday
MizoramThu, Nov 18Regional Holiday
NagalandThu, Nov 18Regional Holiday
PunjabThu, Nov 18Regional Holiday
RajasthanThu, Nov 18Regional Holiday
TelanganaThu, Nov 18Regional Holiday
Uttar PradeshThu, Nov 18Regional Holiday
UttarakhandThu, Nov 18Regional Holiday
West BengalThu, Nov 18Regional Holiday
NepalThu, Nov 18National Holiday
2020 Various Nov 30
India Nov 30
Arunachal PradeshMon, Nov 30Regional Holiday
AssamMon, Nov 30Regional Holiday
ChandigarhMon, Nov 30Regional Holiday
ChhattisgarhMon, Nov 30Regional Holiday
DelhiMon, Nov 30Regional Holiday
GujaratMon, Nov 30Regional Holiday
HaryanaMon, Nov 30Regional Holiday
Himachal PradeshMon, Nov 30Regional Holiday
Jammu and KashmirMon, Nov 30Regional Holiday
JharkhandMon, Nov 30Regional Holiday
Madhya PradeshMon, Nov 30Regional Holiday
MaharashtraMon, Nov 30Regional Holiday
NagalandMon, Nov 30Regional Holiday
PunjabMon, Nov 30Regional Holiday
RajasthanMon, Nov 30Regional Holiday
TelanganaMon, Nov 30Regional Holiday
Uttar PradeshMon, Nov 30Regional Holiday
UttarakhandMon, Nov 30Regional Holiday
West BengalMon, Nov 30Regional Holiday
NepalMon, Nov 30National Holiday
2019 Various Nov 11, Nov 12
India Nov 11, Nov 12
Arunachal PradeshTue, Nov 12Regional Holiday
AssamTue, Nov 12Regional Holiday
BiharTue, Nov 12Regional Holiday
ChandigarhTue, Nov 12Regional Holiday
ChhattisgarhTue, Nov 12Regional Holiday
DelhiTue, Nov 12Regional Holiday
GujaratTue, Nov 12Regional Holiday
HaryanaTue, Nov 12Regional Holiday
Himachal PradeshTue, Nov 12Regional Holiday
Jammu and KashmirTue, Nov 12Regional Holiday
JharkhandTue, Nov 12Regional Holiday
Madhya PradeshTue, Nov 12Regional Holiday
MaharashtraTue, Nov 12Regional Holiday
MizoramTue, Nov 12Regional Holiday
NagalandTue, Nov 12Regional Holiday
PunjabTue, Nov 12Regional Holiday
RajasthanTue, Nov 12Regional Holiday
TelanganaTue, Nov 12Regional Holiday
Uttar PradeshTue, Nov 12Regional Holiday
UttarakhandTue, Nov 12Regional Holiday
West BengalTue, Nov 12Regional Holiday
PunjabMon, Nov 11Regional Holiday
NepalTue, Nov 12National Holiday
2018 Various Nov 23
India Nov 23
Arunachal PradeshFri, Nov 23Regional Holiday
AssamFri, Nov 23Regional Holiday
ChandigarhFri, Nov 23Regional Holiday
ChhattisgarhFri, Nov 23Regional Holiday
DelhiFri, Nov 23Regional Holiday
GujaratFri, Nov 23Regional Holiday
HaryanaFri, Nov 23Regional Holiday
HaryanaFri, Nov 23Regional Holiday
Himachal PradeshFri, Nov 23Regional Holiday
Jammu and KashmirFri, Nov 23Regional Holiday
JharkhandFri, Nov 23Regional Holiday
Madhya PradeshFri, Nov 23Regional Holiday
MaharashtraFri, Nov 23Regional Holiday
NagalandFri, Nov 23Regional Holiday
PunjabFri, Nov 23Regional Holiday
RajasthanFri, Nov 23Regional Holiday
TelanganaFri, Nov 23Regional Holiday
Uttar PradeshFri, Nov 23Regional Holiday
UttarakhandFri, Nov 23Regional Holiday
West BengalFri, Nov 23Regional Holiday
NepalFri, Nov 23National Holiday
2017 IndiaNov 4
Arunachal Pradesh Sat, Nov 4Regional Holiday
Assam Sat, Nov 4Regional Holiday
Bihar Sat, Nov 4Regional Holiday
Chandigarh Sat, Nov 4Regional Holiday
Chhattisgarh Sat, Nov 4Regional Holiday
Delhi Sat, Nov 4Regional Holiday
Goa Sat, Nov 4Regional Holiday
Gujarat Sat, Nov 4Regional Holiday
Haryana Sat, Nov 4Regional Holiday
Himachal Pradesh Sat, Nov 4Regional Holiday
Jammu and Kashmir Sat, Nov 4Regional Holiday
Jharkhand Sat, Nov 4Regional Holiday
Madhya Pradesh Sat, Nov 4Regional Holiday
Maharashtra Sat, Nov 4Regional Holiday
Meghalaya Sat, Nov 4Regional Holiday
Mizoram Sat, Nov 4Regional Holiday
Nagaland Sat, Nov 4Regional Holiday
Punjab Sat, Nov 4Regional Holiday
Rajasthan Sat, Nov 4Regional Holiday
Telangana Sat, Nov 4Regional Holiday
Uttar Pradesh Sat, Nov 4Regional Holiday
Uttarakhand Sat, Nov 4Regional Holiday
West Bengal Sat, Nov 4Regional Holiday
  Summary
Guru Naka Jayanti falls on the full moon day of the Kartik month of the Hindu calendar. It is celebrated all over India to commemorate the birth of Guru Nakak, the founder of Sikhism.
  Which countries observe Guru Nanak's Birthday in 2020?
India  IndiaNov 30Regional Holiday
Nepal  NepalNov 30National Holiday

When is Guru Nanak's Birthday?

The Birthday of Guru Nanak Sahib falls on Kartik Puranmashi, the full moon day of the month Kartik, which usually falls in November in the western calendar.

This holiday is one of the most significant festivals of the Sikh community and commemorates Guru Nanak Sahib who was the founder of Sikhism and the first Sikh Guru. 

In India, this day may also be called Guru Nanak Gurpurb, Guru Nanak's Prakash Utsav or Guru Nanak Dev Hi Jayanti. It is a gazetted holiday in many states and Indian stocks, bonds and currency markets are closed.

Who was Guru Nanak?

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

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 celebration of the guru’s birth anniversary begins two days prior to the actual date. On the first day of the celebrations, Sikhs read the Sikh holy book - the Guru Granth Sahib - from beginning to end. 

As is the tradition on the second day, the holy book is paraded through the streets of Amritsar in a hand-held carriage. The procession is led by five people representing the original Panj Pyare ("the Five Beloved Ones") who helped shape the religion.

On the day, to commemorate his birth, followers begin Gurupurav with 'Prabhat Pheri', an early morning procession. Through the day, devotees chant and sing hymns. A special prayer known as ‘Rehrasi’ is organised at sunset. According to Sikh tradition, it is believed that Nanak was born at around 1:20 am. Therefore, evening prayers continue till then, as worshippers sing 'Gurbani' (hymns from Guru Granth Sahib) in his praise. The festival draws to a close about 2:00 am.

This is one of the main sacred festivals in Sikh community and Sikhs celebrate 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 Gurupurav every year with great devotion and enthusiasm.

Pakistan

On May 28th 2014, the Punjab Assembly 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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