Religious Events

Events CalendarHere are a list of events for the year 2011 in the Sikh Religion. All dates are shown using the Gregorian (Western) calendar. Most Sikh festival dates are now determined by the Nanakshahi calendar, which gives fixed dates for festivals. Some festivals are still fixed according to the older solar calendar and the dates of these vary from year to year.


Wed 5th January

Birthday of Guru Gobind Singh (Nanakshahi calendar)

Guru Gobind Singh (1666-1708) was the tenth and last of the Sikh Gurus. He instituted the Five Ks and established the Order of the Khalsa.


Mon 31st January

Birthday of Guru Har Rai (Nanakshahi calendar)

Guru Har Rai (1630-1661) was the seventh of the Sikh Gurus.


Sun 20th March

Hola Mohalla (Lunar Calendar)

Hola Mohalla is three day festival of military exercises and mock battles, together with religious discussions and devotional music, at Anandpur Sahib on the day after Holi.


Wed 13th April

Vaisakhi

The Sikh New Year Festival, which also commemmorates the founding of the Khalsa by the tenth Guru (Guru Gobind Singh) in 1699. Also spelled Baisakhi.


Thu 14th April

Birthday of Guru Nanak (Nanakshahi calendar)

The founder of the Sikh religion was born on 14 April 1469. This festival is also currently celebrated according to the Lunar Calendar, but this may change.

Hola Mohalla (Nanakshahi Calendar)

Hola Mohalla is currently celebrated according to the Lunar Calendar, but this may change.


Mon 18th April

Birthday of Guru Angad Dev (Nanakshahi calendar)

Guru Angad Dev (1504-1552) was the second of the Sikh Gurus.

Birthday of Guru Tegh Bahadur (Nanakshahi calendar)

Guru Tegh Bahadur (1621-1675) was the ninth of the Sikh Gurus.


Mon 2nd May

Birthday of Guru Arjan Dev (Nanakshahi calendar)

Guru Arjan Dev (1563-1606) was the fifth of the Sikh Gurus


Mon 23rd May

Birthday of Guru Amar Das (Nanakshahi calendar)

Guru Amar Das (1479-1574) was the third of the Sikh Gurus.


Thu 16th June

Martyrdom of Guru Arjan Dev (Nanakshahi calendar)

Guru Arjan Dev was the fifth Sikh Guru and the first Sikh martyr. He also compiled all of the past Gurus’ writings into one book, which is now the Sikh holy scripture: the Guru Granth Sahib.


Tue 5th July

Birthday of Guru Hargobind (Nanakshahi calendar)

Guru Hargobind (1595-1644) was the sixth of the Sikh Gurus.


Sat 23rd July

Birthday of Guru Har Krishan (Nanakshahi calendar)

Guru Har Krishan (1656-1664) was the eighth of the Sikh Gurus.


Sun 9th October

Birthday of Guru Ram Das (Nanakshahi calendar)

Guru Ram Das (1534-1581) was the fourth of the Sikh Gurus.


Wed 26th October

Bandi Chorr Divas (commonly known as Diwali)

For Sikhs, Bandi Chorr Divas is particularly important because it celebrates the release from prison of the sixth guru, Guru Hargobind, and 52 other princes with him, in 1619.


Thu 10th November

Birthday of Guru Nanak (Lunar Calendar)

This festival may be celebrated by some on the date fixed by the Nanakshahi calendar: April 14


Thu 24th November

Martyrdom of Guru Tegh Bahadur (Nanakshahi calendar)

Guru Tegh Bahadur was the ninth Sikh Guru and is honoured as a champion of religious freedom. He was executed in 1675 for refusing to convert to Islam.

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