The birth anniversary of the first of the ten gurus in Sikhism, Gurpurab is one of the most significant festivals for the Sikhs and is not celebrated on a fixed date. This year, the auspicious occasion of the 552nd birth anniversary of Guru Nanak Dev Ji will fall on 19 November 2021 and will be celebrated globally. According to the lunar calendar, the night of Diwali is the fifteenth day, Amavasya of the month of Kartik, while fifteen days after it is the night of Gurpurab- the night of the full moon, also known as Kartik Purnima. Because the full moon is the brightest night of the month, this day is considered special and signifies illumination and enlightenment – motifs that are integral to the day.
The Sikhs have ten gurus, each of whom contributed towards shaping the culture and heritage of Sikhism. Guru Nanak Dev Ji is considered to be the founder of Sikhism whose teachings are recorded in the Guru Granth Sahib. He was born in 1469 at Nankana Sahib. His birth is considered to be a divine event and is not like any other ordinary human birth. Because of his humanitarian perspective towards the world, he is considered to be one of the higher human beings. He strictly believed in the ideals of compassion, co-existence, love, justice, and selfless service. He was strictly against sacrifices and preached that the creator of the universe is one. The day is celebrated to honor and commemorate him, his deeds, his service, and his contribution to humanity and the world. To mark this day, a two-day long recitation of the Guru Granth Sahib is held and is called ‘akhand paath’ meaning undivided. The day before Guru Nanak Jayanti is marked by a long, elaborate procession in which the Guru Granth Sahib is carried and people sing praises of the Guru, with young men performing martial arts and five young men, known as the ‘panj piyare’, carrying the triangular flag of the Sikhs called as the ‘Nishan Sahib’. The day is marked with candles, diyas, and lights outside homes and offices, celebrations, and offering prayers.
Here we have some wishes, greetings, and messages to mark the day for you and your loved ones. Quotes marking the teachings of Guru Nanak Dev Ji are also given for a better understanding of his vision for humankind.
Messages and Wishes
1. Hope this day fills your life with light, love, and all the joy that you wish for. Happy Guru Nanak Jayanti to you and your loved ones!
2. On the birth anniversary of the founding father of Sikhism, I wish you truly take up the values that he preached and practice them to make your life and the world better! May Guru Nanak Ji’s blessings be with you, always.
3. Lights, love, joy, peace, and joy. Wishing you all of these on the joyous occasion of Gurpurab to you and your family!
4. I hope you engage in community service, prayer and celebrations equally to make the occasion a memorable one. Celebrate the true legacy of Guru Nanak Ji today. Happy Gurpurab to you and your family!
5. It’s a day to revel, enjoy, celebrate, and light up the world. Have a blessed day and year. Happy Guru Nanak Jayanti to you and your family!
6. May Guru Nanak always guide you and bless you with his choicest wisdom, best values, and the ability to make the world a better place for everyone. Happy Gurpurab to you and your loved ones!
7. The day is here. It’s the 552nd birth anniversary of one of the best visionaries in the world. Wishing happiness, love, light, joy, and abundance for you and everyone around you. May we continue to take forward his priceless legacy and pass it on to the generations to come. Happy Gurpurab!
1. Love, Kindness, Service, and Unity, the greatest Guru was a champion of these virtues. I hope for you to imbibe these and make the world a place he would be proud to see. Happy Gurpurab!
2. The illumination day is here. May enlightenment find its way to you and your loved ones. Wishing you a very happy Guru Nanak Jayanti! Love, light, and all thing nice your way!
3. The world is rejoicing, I hope you do too! Have an amazing Gurpurab and make it equally joyful to those around you.