Baisakhi Mela is the only Sikh festival with a preset date,
13th April. It was the Jallianwalla Bagh massacre that happened
on 13th April 1919. This mela is also a tribute or in remembrance
to this Amritsar Massacre. Guru Gobind Singh, the tenth guru
in 1699 introduced the concept of the Khalsa(Sikh Order) at
a baisakhi gathering. The Sikhs on this day get together to
listen to Sikh teachings. It is basically a moment occasion
for political as well as religious speeches.
This Mela is a very colorful festival with a lot of vivid
bright colors that can be seen everywhere. These colors add
life to these fairs. The men and women dress up in bright,
vibrant colors to depict their happiness of the good harvest
and prosperity. Laughter and shouts of Jatta aayi Vaisakhi
can be heard everywhere.
Attractions of the Mela:
Bhangra and gidda the folk dance of Punjab are the main performances
of this mela. There are many other events that entertain and
fascinate the people like; singing, wrestling bouts, lots
of games, swings for children. Giant wheels and merry go-
rounds completely take over the attention of the children
and adults too.
There are stalls which are filled with beautiful, colorful
clothes, bangles and trinkets which catch the eye of the women
folk and then there is nothing stopping them. Stalls selling
toys are filled with little children trying to get hold of
the toy they fancy the most. Food stalls are as usual absolutely
full. One gets to eat the famous 'punjabi kahana' like 'makki
di roti' and 'sarson ka saag.'
The Baisakhi Mela is not restricted to Punjab, there are
Sikhs and Punjabis staying in other parts of the world too
so it's celebrated all over the globe. The Baisakhi fairs
organized abroad also witness the presence of Indian singers
and actors. It is the major high level of energy and excitement
that pulls people towards the mela. Culture and community
barriers are pushed away for everyone to be a part of this
celebration. The baisakhi mela celebrations are open for everyone
irrespective of whom you are and where you come from.