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Communities in festive mood, greet new season

Tuesday, 15 April 2014 - 8:31pm IST | Place: Ahmedabad | Agency: dna

Rongali Bihu, Baisakhi & Puthandu celebrated amid traditional fervour

The city, on Monday, wore a festive look as three different communities celebrated their festivals.

In the morning, the Tamils welcomed their new year – Puthandu – with prayers while the Punjabis organised katha and kirtan to mark Baisakhi. Apart from that, hundreds of Assamese geared up for Rongali Bihu, which is celebrated as their harvest festival.

Bihu and Baisakhi are celebrated as the first day of the farming season. It also marks the beginning of the new spring year. Farmers also thank God for the good yield and pray for the welfare of their families. Other than this, Baisakhi is also celebrated as the foundation day of the Panth Khalsa.

“The festival is extremely significant for the Sikhs as on this day in 1699, the 10th Sikh Guru, Guru Gobind Singh, laid down the foundation of the Panth Khalsa,” said Trilochan Singh, general secretary of Gurdwara Gobind Dham, Thaltej.

Apart from decorating 11 gurdwaras in the city, they had also arranged for a free eye check-up session for people, irrespective of their social standing.

During Bihu, farmers offer the first crop of the season to God while wishing peace and prosperity for families. The Assamese Culture’s Society, had arranged for a ‘Jalpan arrangement’ which was attended by members of the community. A cultural programme has also been arranged on April 19 where folk dance will be performed.

Speaking to dna, a member of Ahmedabad Tamil Sangam, V Saroja, said: “Normally, we wake up early, and try to see god as soon as we open our eyes. To worship Him, devotees flock to Murugan temple.”

Camp Hanuman temple carried out a huge procession to mark the pre-celebration of Hanuman Jayanti. On Tuesday, the temple will celebrate the Jayanti by cutting a huge mawa cake and distributing it among the children and devotees.

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