Guru Nanak's Birthday in India in 2020

Guru Nanak's Birthday in India in 2020

  Dates of Guru Nanak's Birthday in India
2022 Nov 8
Arunachal PradeshTue, Nov 8Regional Holiday
AssamTue, Nov 8Regional Holiday
ChandigarhTue, Nov 8Regional Holiday
ChhattisgarhTue, Nov 8Regional Holiday
DelhiTue, Nov 8Regional Holiday
GujaratTue, Nov 8Regional Holiday
HaryanaTue, Nov 8Regional Holiday
Himachal PradeshTue, Nov 8Regional Holiday
Jammu and KashmirTue, Nov 8Regional Holiday
JharkhandTue, Nov 8Regional Holiday
KeralaTue, Nov 8Regional Holiday
Madhya PradeshTue, Nov 8Regional Holiday
MaharashtraTue, Nov 8Regional Holiday
NagalandTue, Nov 8Regional Holiday
PunjabTue, Nov 8Regional Holiday
RajasthanTue, Nov 8Regional Holiday
TelanganaTue, Nov 8Regional Holiday
Uttar PradeshTue, Nov 8Regional Holiday
UttarakhandTue, Nov 8Regional Holiday
West BengalTue, Nov 8Regional Holiday
2021 Nov 19
Arunachal PradeshFri, Nov 19Regional Holiday
AssamFri, Nov 19Regional Holiday
BiharFri, Nov 19Regional Holiday
ChandigarhFri, Nov 19Regional Holiday
ChhattisgarhFri, Nov 19Regional Holiday
DelhiFri, Nov 19Regional Holiday
GujaratFri, Nov 19Regional Holiday
HaryanaFri, Nov 19Regional Holiday
Himachal PradeshFri, Nov 19Regional Holiday
Jammu and KashmirFri, Nov 19Regional Holiday
JharkhandFri, Nov 19Regional Holiday
Madhya PradeshFri, Nov 19Regional Holiday
MaharashtraFri, Nov 19Regional Holiday
MizoramFri, Nov 19Regional Holiday
NagalandFri, Nov 19Regional Holiday
PunjabFri, Nov 19Regional Holiday
RajasthanFri, Nov 19Regional Holiday
TelanganaFri, Nov 19Regional Holiday
Uttar PradeshFri, Nov 19Regional Holiday
UttarakhandFri, Nov 19Regional Holiday
West BengalFri, Nov 19Regional Holiday
2020 Nov 30
Arunachal PradeshMon, Nov 30Regional Holiday
AssamMon, Nov 30Regional Holiday
BiharMon, 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
MizoramMon, 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
2019 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
2018 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
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.
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  Which regions observe Guru Nanak's Birthday in 2020?
  Arunachal PradeshNov 30Regional Holiday
  AssamNov 30Regional Holiday
  BiharNov 30Regional Holiday
  ChandigarhNov 30Regional Holiday
  ChhattisgarhNov 30Regional Holiday
  DelhiNov 30Regional Holiday
  GujaratNov 30Regional Holiday
  HaryanaNov 30Regional Holiday
  Himachal PradeshNov 30Regional Holiday
  Jammu and KashmirNov 30Regional Holiday
  JharkhandNov 30Regional Holiday
  Madhya PradeshNov 30Regional Holiday
  MaharashtraNov 30Regional Holiday
  MizoramNov 30Regional Holiday
  NagalandNov 30Regional Holiday
  PunjabNov 30Regional Holiday
  RajasthanNov 30Regional Holiday
  TelanganaNov 30Regional Holiday
  Uttar PradeshNov 30Regional Holiday
  UttarakhandNov 30Regional Holiday
  West BengalNov 30Regional 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.


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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