Baisakhi is a festival celebrated in North India, mostly in the states of Punjab and Haryana. It is a day celebrated with zest and vigor by the Sikh community all over the world. Baisakhi is celebrated as a harvest festival and also as the Punjabi New Year. As a harvest festival, it is an auspicious day for the farmers. On Baisakhi, the farmers offer their prayers and thanks for a bountiful harvest and pray for future prosperity as well.
Baisakhi is celebrated in rural areas as well as urban areas; many visit Gurudwaras (Sikh temples) to pay their tributes. Since, it is also the day on which Khalsa (the Sikh supreme governing body) was born there are various processions carried out which have an air of energy with hoards of people celebrating. Many community lunches are organized to feed the poor and the needy.
There are various other festivals celebrated on the same day such as the Solar New Year, which is the New Year according to the Hindu calendar and is celebrated all over India.
In addition to this, there is also Mesha Sankranti, which is the Oriya New Year and is celebrated in the state of Orissa.14th April: Baisakhi by Amit Astrologer