Bandi Chhor Divas is a day celebrated by the Sikh people, which coincide with the day of Diwali. This year Bandi Chhor Diwas is observed on 19 October. It is a significant and historic event related to the Sikh Sixth Guru, Guru Hargobind. On this day Guru Hargobind was released from the prison of Mughal Emperor Jahangir. It is an important Sikh tradition as like Vaisakhi, Maghi, Hola Mohalla and Gurpurb. The Bandi Chhor Divas is celebrated similar to Diwali, with light, gifts, and sweets. Sikh People decorate homes and Gurdwaras with lights and give gifts to their loved ones. On the day of Bandi Chhor Diwas, Sikh people do Nagar kirtan and Akhand path (continuous reading of Guru Granth Sahib). Sikh people consider this occasion as an important time to visit Gurdwaras and celebrate with their families. They also organize continuous kirtan singing and special musicians in Gurudwara.
Bandi Chhor Diwas Story
Guru Arjan singh (Guru Hargobind’s father) was arrested by Mughal Emperor Jahangir and asked to convert to Islam dharm. Guru Arjan Singh refused to convert himself to Islamic and then he was tortured and executed in 1606 CE. After the execution, Guru Hargobind succeeded his father as the next Guru of Sikhism at the age of 11 years. Later on, Jahangir also arrested Guru Hargobind. According to the Sikh tradition, Guru Hargobind was released from the prison of Jahangir on Diwali. Than in Sikh history, this day was termed the Bandi Chhor Divas festival.
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