Baisakhi is also an important festival that is widely celebrated in the state of Haryana and Punjab. This festival marks the maturity of Rabi crops and hence is a symbol of prosperity and wealth for the farming community. Since this festival is fast approaching, many may have been planning the celebration. In fact, people are seen delivering a speech on Baisakhi in order to raise awareness about this festival. Both long speech on Baisakhi and short speech on Baisakhi have been covered to help you draw reference from and prepare an impressive brief on this auspicious occasion.
Long and Short Baisakhi Speech
Hon’ble Principal, Vice Principal, Teachers and My Dear Friends – Good Morning to all of you!
As we know that the festival of Baisakhi is not really very far, we could already feel the vibes in the atmosphere. It has become invigorating, bright and warm. Therefore, going by the mood of this festive season, I considered it apt to deliver a short speech on Baisakhi and to spread the message even further to those who don’t really know what the festival of Baisakhi is all about.
It is one of the most popularly celebrated festivals and the state where its festivities are most evident is of course none other than Punjab. Baisakhi is observed there in order to celebrate the harvest of Rabi crops. The Baisakhi Festival also carries a great religious significance for the Sikh population who forms a majority in the state. The reason why it is given so much prominence because on the day of Baisakhi, i.e. in the year 1699 the greatly honored Tenth Guru of Sikhs – Guru Gobind Singh laid down the Khalsa Panth Foundation.
The festival of Baisakhi is more often than not observed on April 13, but once in every 36 years, this festival falls on April 14. People from Punjab await this festival with great enthusiasm and celebrate this day with gaiety and exuberance. Do you know what the major highlights of this day are? It’s their traditional Gidda and Bhangra dance as well as the special langar that is served in the Gurudwaras to all the devotees.
People also wake up early to make preparations for the day. There is also a ritual to take a bath in the sacred river in order to mark this propitious day. After doing all the preparations, people also visit gurudwara that falls in their respective neighborhood and they also become a part of the special prayer gatherings organized to mark this day. In the end, after Baisakhi Ardas is performed, the devotees receive specially prepared sweetened semolina or what people usually call the Kara Prasad. This is then usually followed by the community lunch or guru ka langar.
Afterward, people from the Sikh community take out a long Baisakhi parade under the guidance of Panj piaras. The view looks simply spectacular as the procession passes through the principal localities of the town amidst the performances based on devotional songs given by children, men as well as women. Gidda, bhangra as well as mock duels act as the cherry on a cake as they make the parade really vibrant and colorful. People purchase new clothes and celebrate by dancing, singing and relishing the best of festive meals.
Besides all the celebrations and performances, Baisakhi holds special relevance for that large community of farmers in the states of Haryana and Punjab. It marks the New Year’s time in the true sense as it is the most favorable time to harvest rabi crop. On this day, therefore, the large farming community offers prayers to God for blessing the harvest and yielding bountiful crops. They also pray for the good times ahead.
Now, I would request my fellow mates to join me on stage and say a few words.
Dear Friends – Warm Good Evening to all of you!
Considering the festive season and mood of the people, I decided to host the speech ceremony on Baisakhi. Being a secretary and member of our Vrindavan Society, I am equally excited and thrilled as you all are and looking forward to celebrating the festivals with great pomp and show. But before we plan out Baisakhi preparations, it is important to send a word of formal note to everyone and also to spread more awareness about this festival as not many people have knowledge about this auspicious day.
Precisely speaking, the festival of Baisakhi comes on the first day of Vaisakh month, i.e. between April to May, as per the Sikh Calendar or what is traditionally called Nanakshahi. Due to this reason, Baisakhi is alternatively called as Vaisakhi. If we go by the English calendar, the Baisakhi date corresponds to the said date, i.e. April 13 every year and April 14 once every 36 years. This difference in the dates is observed because of the fact that this festival is reckoned as per the solar calendar and not according to the lunar calendar. This propitious day of Baisakhi is celebrated across the country with different names and with different interesting rituals as well as the mode of celebrations. The date of Baisakhi coincides with ‘Naba Barsha’ in Bengal, ‘Pooram Vishu’ in Kerala, ‘Rongali Bihu’ in Assam and Puthandu in Tamil Nadu.
It was in the year 1699 and under the aegis of Guru Gobind Singh that the festival of Baisakhi was first observed. During this day, Panch Pyaras or what is often called five beloved priests, who had recited the religious verses. Interestingly, Shri Guru Gobind Singh Ji had prepared amrita with his own hands in the vessel of iron in order to bless the panch pyare. Since then, it has become a ritual and even to date the holy nectar or Amrit is being prepared in a similar iron vessel, which is distributed in the end among all the devotees who are gathered during the chanting period. It is a tradition that the devotees take amrita five times and swear by to work for spreading peace and a feeling of brotherhood among all. Religious songs, i.e. kirtans are being sung after the distribution of Amrit and spirituality is encouraged among those who are gathered.
During the noontime, after the ritual of Baisakhi Ardas, the most delicious Karah Prasad or sweetened semolina is being offered to the Guru Gobind Singh Ji and his blessings are sought. The prasad is then distributed amongst the people gathered. However, this is not all as it is the community lunch or special langar which marks the culmination of this auspicious day. People are made to sit in long rows with the heads properly covered and those who volunteer serve the devotees with a vegetarian meal. The entire view looks so overwhelming that hundreds and thousands of devotees assemble under one roof and offer their prayers to the guru and work in harmony.
So let’s also plan the Baisakhi Festival in our colony and make the most of this day.
Dear Friends and Loving Children – Warm Good Evening to all of you!
As you know this gathering is organized in order to invite suggestions from everyone, including our wonderful kids, pertaining to the festivity of Baisakhi. As a member of this organization, I have a great urge to plan something big this Baisakhi and make it even more special for all the Sikhs. So in whatever way we can make this festivity grand and special, we all would do and help spread the message of brotherhood and peace everywhere.
However, before I invite everyone’s suggestions, please allow me to deliver a short speech on Baisakhi and share relevant information about this auspicious occasion so that more and more people come to know of the importance behind this celebration.
It is during the 1660s that the famous Mughal Emperor – Aurangzeb – dethroned everyone in his family and conquered the throne to become the Emperor of India. Soon after becoming the king and gaining ascendancy over his subjects, he laid down the policy of religious persecution and began with the Islamization process in India. Aurangzeb principally targeted the Brahmins during this process because he had the belief that if Brahmins would embrace Islam the others would automatically come along. In order to realize his aim, Aurangzeb imposed unfair religious taxes on Hindus and closed down their places of learning and temples.
It was during this situation of crisis that Guru Tegh Bahadur – the ninth Sikh Guru – was approached for his leadership and support. It was then that Guru Tegh Bahadur headed towards Delhi, which was under the Mughal rule.
However, afterward, Guru Tegh Bahadur was martyred in front of a multitude of people. The executioner disposed of the body of the Guru in the open and to our great dismay, no one stepped forward to claim his body for performing religious rituals. Even the most devoted disciples refused to recognize him and it was when the weather turned stormy that two people took advantage of the situation and secretly took the body of Guru Tegh Bahadur for burial. This act of cowardice infuriated Gobind Rai, the son of Guru Tegh Bahadur, and he took a pledge to bestow on Sikhs an identity of their own.
With this ardent wish to instill strength and courage amongst his fellow brethren, Gobind Rai came to be recognized as the tenth Sikh Guru. When he was 33 years old, Guru Gobind received a divine message to follow his designs. Thereafter, the guru founded the occasion of Baisakhi thinking that it would help him realize his aim as every year devotees would throng in large numbers and come to Anandpur during this time, i.e. springtime and offer their prayer to the guru. Previously in the year 1699, months prior to the day of Baisakhi, Guru Gobind Rai sent exceptional edicts to the devotees saying that the day of Baisakhi would be a special affair. The people were asked not to cut their hair short and to congregate in unshorn hair under their chunis and turbans. Other than this, men were asked to assemble in their full-grown beards.
Other than putting up a fight with the political tyranny of the rulers, Guru Gobind Singh Ji made sure that his society should become free from discriminations based on caste, class, and gender and so laid down the foundation of Khalsa Panth. In fact, the Panj Piyaras formed by the Guru is formed of people from both high as well as low caste so that harmony and peace can prevail in our society.
So let’s make this day special for our revered Guruji and all the devotees who work for the betterment of our society.
Dear Friends – Good Morning!! I hope this day finds you in the best of spirit.
Today, I am here to deliver a short speech on Baisakhi. The festival of Baisakhi is really auspicious and brings joy in everyone’s lives as during this time rabi crops are harvested. The festival is celebrated all across Haryana and Punjab by people from every section of society. Muslims, Hindus, and Sikhs are all a part of the celebration. The day is observed every year on April 13 and people wear new clothes on this day. Tasty dishes are prepared, including halwa which is offered to Shri Guru Gobind Singh Ji.
Fair is also organized everywhere in order to celebrate this propitious festival. The fair also carries religious import and every article that is sold sends a strong message about oneness with God and humanity. Mostly, the fair is organized by the riverside as the religious institution carries the onus of the fair.
Other than fair, you can also observe a lively, swarming bazaar on this day. There you can gorge on lavish food stalls as well as sweet dishes. There are also attractive toy shops for the interest of the children. Of course, you will find a swarming rush in the fair and the entire view looks so overwhelming. On the one side of the bazaar, you can find intriguing rides to take the joy of. They go high up in the air where girls and boys of all ages enjoy. Then there are also rope dancers who perform their unbelievable postures on the rope itself. There are also monkey shows where different feats are again performed by them and it greatly arises the interest of the people.
On the other end of the bazaar, a horde of people is seen standing in a circle and many of them are farmers. They are seen performing the folk dance and matching their steps with the drum beats. Each of the farmers holds a stick in his hand, which is then lifted in the air as the performers lift both their hands and shake their legs. The sight looks very moving because the enthusiasm and excitement of the dancers are evident. In fact, people who are introvert by nature forget their shy nature and become a part of the gala performance.
Along with these performances, religious festivities also go on, especially for the elderly people who experience an upliftment of soul while listening to bhajans and chanting of mantras. The Arya Samaj, Hindus, and Sikhs host their Shamianas wherein they deliver religious and spiritual lectures and also sing hymns. People who are a part of the Shamianas are over and above these worldly attachments. They enjoy chanting mantras and working in the service of God.
After enjoying multiple events during the day time, people get tired by the time it is turned dark and they happily return their homes with toys, sweets, and fruits for their kids. Thus, the day of Baisakhi, like any other festival, offers an opportunity for people to experience a sense of togetherness and sheer joy.