Long and Short Speech on Baisakhi in English
Honorable Principal, Vice President, Teachers and my dear friends – Good morning to all of you!
As we know that the festival of Baisakhi is really not far away and we can already feel its ripples in the atmosphere. The atmosphere has become lively, bright and lively. So in the mood of this festive season I feel it necessary to give a short speech on Baisakhi and spread the message to those people who really don’t know what is the significance of the festival of Baisakhi.
It is one of the most popularly celebrated festivals and the state where this festival is celebrated the most is none other than Punjab. Baisakhi is celebrated there to celebrate the harvesting of Rabi crops. The festival of Baisakhi also holds a great religious significance for the Sikh population, who constitute the majority of the population in the state. It is given so much importance because on the day of Baisakhi i.e. in 1699, the great revered tenth Guru of the Sikhs – Guru Gobind Singh laid the foundation of the Khalsa Panth.
The festival of Baisakhi is celebrated more often on 13th April but once in every 36 years this festival comes on 14th April. The people of Punjab eagerly wait for this festival and celebrate this day with great enthusiasm and zeal. Do you know what are the main attractions of this day? It is the traditional Giddha and Bhangra dance of the Sikh society as well as the special langar which is offered to all the devotees in the Gurdwaras.
People wake up early in the morning for the preparations for this day. It is also a ritual to take a bath in the holy river to mark this natural day. After making all the preparations people go to the Gurudwara, which is in their neighbourhood, and they participate in special prayer ceremonies to make the day memorable. At the end of Baisakhi Ardas, specially prepared sweet pudding of semolina is offered to the devotees which people commonly call as Prasad. It is usually served after a community meal or Guru’s Langar.
After this, the people of the Sikh community take out a procession under the guidance of the Panj Pyaras. The scene is spectacular as the procession passes through major areas of the city performing devotional songs by children, men and women. Giddha, Bhangra and other minor performances act as icing on the gold as they make the procession really vibrant and colourful. People buy new clothes and dance, sing and eat good food on this festival.
Apart from all the celebrations and performances, Baisakhi has special relevance for the large community of farmers in the states of Haryana and Punjab. It truly marks the time of New Year as it is the most favorable time for harvesting Rabi crops. Therefore, on this day, the farming community prays to God to get the blessings of the crop and grow more crops. They pray to God for similar times in future also.
Now I request my fellow friends to join me on the platform and say a few words.
Dear friends – Greetings from all of you!
Keeping in view the festive season and the mood of the people, I have decided to host the speech function on Baisakhi. Being the secretary and member of our Vrindavan Society, I am equally excited, thrilled and looking forward to celebrate the festival with as much fanfare as you all are but before we plan for the preparation of Baisakhi, we are formally invited to all. It is important to send and spread more awareness about this festival as not many people are aware about this auspicious day.
In short, the festival of Baisakhi falls on the first day of the month of Baisakh, i.e. between April and May, according to the Sikh calendar or traditionally called Nanakshahi. Due to this reason Baisakhi is also known alternatively as Vaisakhi. If we look at the English calendar, then Baisakhi date is celebrated every year on 13 April or every 36 years on 14 April. This difference in dates is considered according to the festival solar system and not according to the lunar calendar. This natural day of Baisakhi is celebrated all over the country with different names and with various fun rituals. The date of Baisakhi coincides with ‘Naba Barsha’ in Bengal, ‘Pooram Vishu’ in Kerala, ‘Rongali Bihu’ in Assam and ‘Puthandu’ in Tamil Nadu.
The festival of Baisakhi was celebrated for the first time in the year 1699 and under the aegis of Guru Gobind Singh. On this day the Panj Pyare or often also known as the five beloved priests recite religious verses. It is interesting that Shri Guru Gobind Singh Ji prepared Amrit with his own hands in an iron vessel to bless the Panj Pyaras. Since then it has become a ritual and to this day the sacred nectar or sherbat is prepared in such an iron vessel, which is eventually distributed among all the devotees who gather during the chanting period. It is a tradition that devotees take Amrit five times and work to spread peace and brotherhood among all. The distribution of nectar is followed by religious songs (kirtans) and spirituality is encouraged among the assembled people.
During the afternoon hours, after the ritual of Baisakhi Ardas, delicious prasad or sweet semolina pudding is offered to Guru Gobind Singh Ji and blessings are expected from him. After this the prasad is distributed among the gathered people. However, the end of this auspicious day is not only a community meal or a special langar, but more. People are seated in long rows who volunteer to offer vegetarian food to the devotees. It is indeed a wonderful sight to see thousands of devotees gathering under one roof, praying to the Guru and working in harmony.
So let’s plan Baisakhi celebrations in our colony and make the most of this day.
Dear children and friends – Greetings from all of you!
As you know this gathering has been organized to invite all the people including our children which is related to the celebration of Baisakhi. As a member of this organization I wish to plan this mega event and make it more special for all Sikhs. So we all will do whatever way we can to make this festival grand and special and help spread the message of brotherhood and peace everywhere.
However before inviting everyone’s suggestions please allow me to give a short speech on Baisakhi and share relevant information about this auspicious occasion so that more and more people know the reason behind this celebration.
During the 1660s the famous Mughal Emperor- Aurangzeb defeated everyone in his family in a battle to get the throne and conquered the throne to become the Emperor of India. On becoming the king and moving towards his ideas, he set a policy of religious persecution and started the process of Islamization in India. Aurangzeb mainly targeted Brahmins during this process because he believed that if the Brahmin embraced Islam, others would also adopt Islam himself. To realize his purpose, Aurangzeb imposed unfair religious taxes on Hindus and closed their educational institutions and temples.
The ninth Sikh Guru, Guru Tegh Bahadur, was approached for his leadership and support during this crisis situation. After this Guru Tegh Bahadur moved towards Delhi which was under Mughal rule.
However, later Guru Tegh Bahadur was martyred in front of many people. The executioner openly dissected our Guru’s body and the most disappointing thing is that no one went ahead and claimed the Guru’s body for performing religious rituals. Even his most devoted disciples refused to recognize him and then suddenly the weather turned stormy and two men took advantage of the situation and secretly lifted the body of Guru Tegh Bahadur for burial. This display of cowardice enraged Guru Tegh Bahadur’s son, Govind Rai, and he pledged to provide his own identity to the Sikhs.
This strong desire to instill strength and courage among his ardent brothers led to the recognition of Govind Rai as the tenth Sikh Guru. When he was 33 years old, Guru Gobind received a divine message from his disciples to follow. Thereafter the Guru established the occasion of Baisakhi thinking that it would help him to understand his goal as every year devotees would gather in large numbers and come to Anandpur at this time i.e. the time of spring and pray to the Guru. In the first year 1699, before the month of Baisakhi, Guru Gobind Rai sent extraordinary instructions to the devotees that the day of Baisakhi would be a special day. People were told not to cut their hair and collect them under their chunni and turban. Apart from this, men were also asked to grow their beards.
Apart from starting the fight against the political tyranny of the rulers, Guru Gobind Singh also ensured that the society should be free from discrimination on the basis of caste, class and gender and thus he laid the foundation of the Khalsa Panth. In fact the Panj Pyare created by the Guru are constituted by both the high as well as the low caste people so that there can be harmony and peace in our society.
So let us celebrate this day for our revered Guru Ji and our devotees who work for the betterment of our society.
Dear friends – Good morning !! I hope this day will be a happy one for you.
Today I am here to give a short speech on Baisakhi. The festival of Baisakhi is really auspicious and brings happiness in everyone’s life. Rabi crops are harvested during this time. In Haryana and Punjab, this festival is celebrated by people of every section of the society. Muslims, Hindus and Sikhs are all a part of this festival. This day is celebrated every year on 13th April and people wear new clothes on this day. Delicious dishes are prepared which includes Halwa which is offered to Shri Guru Gobind Singh Ji.
Fairs are organized everywhere to celebrate this entertaining festival. The fair also features religious items and everything sold carries a strong message about oneness with God and humanity. Most of the fairs are organized on the banks of the river as the religious institution bears the responsibility of the fair.
Apart from the fairs, you can also get to see a lively market on this day. There you can indulge in sumptuous food items as well as sweet treats. There are also attractive toy shops for children’s interest. There is no doubt that you will find a lot of crowd in the fairs on this day and the whole scene is not very entertaining. On one side of the market you can find interesting swings that go up in the air for you to enjoy where girls and boys of all ages enjoy it. Apart from this rope dancers also perform their incredible postures on the rope. Apart from this, monkeys also show many tricks, which create a lot of enthusiasm among people.
At the other end of the market, a crowd of people in the shape of a circle, most of whom are farmers. They perform folk dances and dance and sing step by step to the beat of the dhol. Each farmer holds a stick in his hand which he raises in the air while the rest of the performers dance. This scene is great because the enthusiasm and excitement of the dancers is evident. In fact people who are introverted by nature also forget their shy nature on this day and become a part of this festival performance.
These performances are accompanied by religious festivals especially for elderly people who experience the upliftment of spirits. The elders listen to the hymns and chant the mantras. Aryan socialists, Hindus and Sikhs host his shamiyana in which he gives religious and spiritual lectures and sings hymns. Those who are part of the awnings are above these worldly attachments. They enjoy the mantra and work while serving the Lord.
After enjoying many events during this day people get tired by evening and they return to their homes with their children’s toys, sweets and fruits. Thus, like any other festival, the day of Baisakhi provides an opportunity for people to experience a sense of togetherness and enthusiasm.