The Name of Punjab is made from this word Panj+ab also spelled Pan Jab. Punjab’s celebrate a number of festivals which have meaning and are regarded as cultural festivals by people of all religions. The Punjabi calendar is used to celebration of the festivals. A festival of almost all regions is celebrated with equal jollity in the state of Punjab. A festival is a special occasion of celebration and following festivals are celebrated in Punjab:-
This Festival marks the vertex of winter season. This Festival is celebrated on 13th of January in the month of Magh. Lohri celebrates the spark of life. On this day children go from Home to Home and collect the funds for community bonfires. So many people gather round bonfires and they throw sweets and puffed rice into flames. They sing popular song. Over time, people have associated Lohri to tale of Dulla Bhatti.
Maghi is the Punjabis festival. This is the celebration of Makar Sankranti. This Festival comes after the Lohri and this is very famous in the Punjab. So many People visit the Gurdwara or the Mandir. The festival celebrated culturally by eating ‘kheer’
The festival of Basant is indicating the season of spring after dead and decay of the winter season. On this day so many people wearing yellow outfits and holding the dish of the day is saffron rice. This festival is mainly attraction is kite flying.
According to Sarup Das Bhalla, Mahima Prakash, Part 2, Guru Amar Das at the suggestion of Sikhs led by Bhai Paro, start the annual congregational fair at Goindval on occasion of Baisakhi. It became established, distant Sikhs sangats to assemble at the seat of the Gurus on every Baisakhi day. This festival means lights are observed all over India on amavasyia. For the Hindus this is an occasion for the worship of Laksmi. Diwali came to have special symbol of the day the town of Amritsar was illuminated on the return to it of Guru Hargobind who had been held captive in the Gwalior Fort under the orders of the Mughal emperor, Jahangir. The most expensive display of fireworks and lights takes place at the Amritsar Darbar Sahib.
Hola Mahalla is a Sikh festival. This follows the Hindu festival of Holi. Holi is the spring festival of colors which is celebrated by throwing colors’ on each other. This festival retains the character of fun and enjoyment.
Vaisakhi is the Punjabi New Year and the harvest festival. Festivals are held throughout the Punjab on this day.
Gurpurbs are part of Sikhism. Sikhs gather and remember their Gurus. The Gurpurbs are celebrated with great fervor. On Before the birthday-date Akhand Path is held in the Gurdwara Sahib. Birthday of Guru Nanak Sahib Guru Nanak Sahib was born on 15th April, 1469 at Rai-Bhoi-di Talwandi. The Birthday of Guru Nanak Sahib falls on Kartik Puranmashi. On this day the Birthday is celebrated.
Raksha Bandhan in the Punjab is known as ‘Rakhri’ .This festival is celebrated as a brothers and sisters day.