is a major festival of Hindus and Sikhs, celebrated in North India
during the harvest season. The tenth Sikh Guru, Guru Gobind Singh, is
said to have founded the Sikh brotherhood (Khalsa) on this day.
Processions are organized with mock duels and bands playing religious
tunes. The Punjabi dances, Bhangra and Giddha, are associated with this
festival. During the season, Sikhs visit temples, such as the Golden
Temple in Amritsar, where the holy Granth is read. For certain
communities, the festival marks the start of the New Year, and is
celebrated with ritual bathing, worshipping and partying.