Baisakhi, which marks the beginning of New Bikrami year, birth anniversary of Khalsa Panth and harvesting season was celebrated with traditional fervor and gaiety across the Jammu province today.
As the morning started, the beats of ‘dhols’ began resounding, the joyous performances of bhangra and elaborate feasts marked Baisakhi celebrations not only in Jammu region but also in Kashmir.
People started visiting temples and Gurdwaras and offered prayers for peace and prosperity in the State.
Although Baisakhi is celebrated in various other Northern States for a good harvest of Rabi crop.
In villages, performances of bhangra and gidda by men and women respectively marked the occasion. People also exchanged greetings with friends, neighbours and relatives as they relished the best of famous Punjabi cuisine. Men and women were seen visiting their fields to harvest the first crop of the season.
Colourful Baisakhi fairs were organized at several places with people going on shopping, eating and recreational spree. The markets also remained crowded with the shoppers throughout the day. Community feasts were also arranged at various places.
While religious congregations were held in various Gurudwaras to celebrate the Baisakhi festival, a grand Baisakhi mela was as usual held at Canal Road in which a large number of people including men, women and children drawn from different parts of the city participated.
The children dressed in colorful costumes were seen busy in purchasing toys and balloons, enjoying fun and fare, eatables, confectionary and other special cuisines. Women were also busy in purchasing cosmetics and hosiery and gift items from hawkers who had established stalls in the Mela.
Apart from people, the paramilitary personnel left the Indo-Pak border charged by dancing on the beats of dhols. They were accompanied by the residents of border villages including Suchetgarh. The Poonch Brigade also celebrated Baisakhi festival with joy and fervor. The jawans of the brigade danced to the tunes of Punjabi music and beats of dhols.
However the main attraction of the city was seen in the city outskirts at Dussehra ground, Sainik Colony where eminent Punjabi Singer Ranit Bawa performed at the Baisakhi Festival.