Indian Arts and Culture Sikhism Nanakshahi Calendar Year 548 International Gurpurab Dates 2016 - 2017 Sikhism Commemorative Events and Holidays Share Flipboard Email Print Sikhism Life and Culture Origins Sacred Scriptures Baby Names By Sukhmandir Khalsa Sikhism Expert Sukhmandir Kaur is a Sikh author, educator, and the president of Dharam Khand Sikh Academy. our editorial process Sukhmandir Khalsa Updated April 27, 2019 International Gurpurab commemorative dates and Sikhism events observed during the months of the Nanakshahi Year 548 fall between March 14, 2016 and March 13, 2017. Dates given here correspond with the official calendar devised and released annually in mid March in Amritsar, India by the Shiromani Gurdwara Parbandhak Committee (SGCP). The Punjabi language SGPC calendar is calculated to correspond with the East Indian Bikrami fluctuating calendar, and may differ from fixed Nanakshahi historic dates as calculated by Western calendars. Therefore, annual amendments by SGPC to the Nanakshahi calendar continue to cause controversy between communities of the global Sikh panth. Consequently Sikh holidays in the West are often observed on weekends for several consective weeks as is most convienient for respective gurdwara communites. Holidays may fall twice, or not at all, in a calendar year. 01 of 12 Chet 548: March 14 - April 12, 2016 Important Sikhism Dates Singh Approches Shaster Weaponry With Traditional Bravado. Photo © [Manprem Kaur] The Nanakshahi month of Chet has 30 days in year 548, and corresponds with March 14th through April 12th of 2016. There are nine commemorative dates observed during Chet with four gurpurabs and five other important historic Sikhism events. 1 Chet : Monday, March 14, 2016--Nanakshahi New Year 548.2 Chet : Tuesday, March 15, 2016--Commemorating victories of Bhai Baghel Singh (1730 - 1802).10 Chet : Tuesday March 22, 2016 Shaeedi commemorating martyrdom of Bhagat Singh revolutionary freedom fighter.11 Chet : Wednesday, March 23, 2016--Hola Mohalla, annual Sikh martial arts festival.12 Chet : Thursday, March 24, 2016--Shaheedi Martyrdom of Bhai Sabeg Singh and Shahbaz Singh March of 1746.23 Chet : Tuesday, April 5, 2016--Gurgaddi Guru Har Rai Ji, commemorating the inauguration of seventh guru.26 Chet : Friday, April 8, 2016--Gurgaddi Guru Amar Das commemorating the inauguration of third guru.27 Chet : Saturday, April 9, 2016--Prakash Sahibzada Jujhar Singh commemorating birth of second eldest son of Guru Gobind Singh by his first wife Jito.28 Chet : Sunday, April 10, 2016--Joti jot Guru Angad Dev ji commemorating death of second guru.29 Chet : Monday, April 11, 2016--Joti Jot Guru Har Govind Ji, death of sixth Sikh guru. 02 of 12 Vaisakh 548: April 13 - May 13, 2016 Important Sikhism Dates Panj Pyare At Stockton Vaisakhi 2014. Photo © [Khalsa Panth] The Nanakshahi month of Vaisakh has 31 days in year 548, and corresponds with April 13th through May 13th of 2016. There are six commemorative dates observed during Vasiakh commemorating five gurpurabs, two important historic Sikhism events, and one modern day tribute. 1 Vaisakh : Wednesday, April 13, 2016--Vasakhi Divas Vasakhi Day commemorating 1699 origin of Khalsa.-- Sikh Dastar Divas International Dastar Day, a tribute honoring the Sikh Turban. 7 Vaisakh : Tuesday, April 19, 2016--Joti jot Guru Har Krishan commemorating death of eighth guru.--Gurgaddi Guru Teg Bahadar commemorating inauguration of ninth guru. 15 Vaisakh : Wednesday, April 27, 2016--Prakash Guru Teg Bahadar commemorating birth of ninth guru. 17 Vaisakh : Friday, April 29, 2016--Prakash Guru Arjun Dev commemorating Fifth Guru's birth. 21 Vaisakh : Tuesday, May 3, 2016--Shaheedi Chali Mukte - Commemorates the Martyrdom of the 40 Liberated Ones at Khirdana reservoir (Muktsar). 25 Vaisakh : Saturday, May 7, 2016 --Prakash Guru Angad Dev commemorating birth of second guru. 03 of 12 Jeth 548: May 14 - June 11, 2016 Important Sikhism Dates 1984 Martyrs Bhindranwale Banner. The Nanakshahi month of Jeth has 29 days in year 548, and corresponds with May 14th through June 11th of 2016. There are six commemorative dates observed during Jeth commemorating two gurpurabs and five other important historic Sikhism events. 3 Jeth : Monday, May 16, 2016--Chhota Gallughara, Lesser holocaust, 7,000 Sikhs slaughtered at Kaahnoovaan.7 Jeth : Friday, May 20, 2016--Prakash Guru Amar Das commemorating the birth of third guru.16 Jeth : Sunday, May 29, 2016--Gurgaddi Guru Har Govind, commemorating inauguration of sixth guru.22 Jeth : Saturday, June 4, 2016--Akal Takhat 1984 attack by Operation Bluestar.24 Jeth : Monday, June 6, 2016--Shaheedi Martyrdom of Sant Jarnail Singh Khalsa Bhindranwale in attack of Golden Temple complex 1984 Operation Bluestar.--Shaheedi Martydom of Bhai Amrik Singh in Operation Bluestar.26 Jeth : Wednesday, June 8, 2016--Shaeedi Guru Arjun Dev, commemorating martyrdom of fifth guru. 04 of 12 Har 548: June 14 - July 15, 2016 Important Sikhism Dates Banda Singh Bahadar. Photo © [Vismaad / Sikh DVD] The Nanakshahi month of Har has 32 days in year 548, and corresponds with June 14th through July 15th of 2016. There are seven commemorative dates observed during Har commemorating one gurpurab and seven other important historic Sikhism events. 7 Har : Monday, June 20, 2016--Janam Bhagat Kabir, commemorating birth of the saint.--Jor Mela, Gurdwara Reetha Sahib, festival honoring First Guru Nanak Dev and his miracle transforming the inedible fruit of Soapnut tree to a sweet to feed his disciple Mardana. 8 Har : Tuesday, June 21, 2016--Prakash Guru Har Govind, commemorating birth of sixth guru. 11 Har : Friday, June 24, 2016--Shaheedi commemorating Martydom of Banda Singh Bahadar renowned warrior saint who broke Mughal tyranny with the 15 Har : Tuesday, June 28, 2016--Barsi commemorating death of Maharaja Ranjit Singh the last Sikh regent of Khalsa Raj Punjab during British Raj occupation. 18 Har : Saturday, July 2, 2016--Sirjana Divas Akal Takhat commemorating laying first foundation stone of construction. 25 Har : Friday, July 8, 2016--Shaheedi commemorating martyrdom of Bhai Mani Singh in 1737. 31 Har : Friday, July 15, 2016--Miri Piri Divas commemorating Sixth Guru Hargobind establishing spiritual and secular sovereignty. 05 of 12 Sawan 548: July 16 - August 15, 2016 Important Sikhism Dates Bhai Taru Singh Animated Movie DVD. Photo © [Vismaad / Sikh DVD] The Nanakshahi month of Savan has 31 days in year 548, and corresponds with July 16th through August 15th of 2016. There are five commemorative dates observed during Savan commemorating five important historic Sikhism events. 1 Savan : Sunday, July 16, 2016--Shaheedi Bhai Taru Singh commemorating the courageous farmer's faith, loyalty, and martyrdom in 1745.13 Savan : Thursday, July 28, 2016--Prakash Guru Har Krishan commemorating the birth of the eight guru.16 Savan : Sunday, July 31, 2016--Shaheedi Udham Singh, commemorating the sacrifice and martyrdom of the fearless revolutionary.24 Savan : Monday, August 8, 2016--Morcha Guru ka Bhag commemorating agitation to regain historic to cut firewood on confiscated gurdwara lands.31 Savan : Monday, August 15, 2016--Azadi Divas Freedom day commemorating India's independence from British rule. 06 of 12 Bhaadon 548: August 16 - September 15, 2016 Important Sikhism Dates Siri Guru Granth Sahib Scripture at Golden Temple. Photo © [Gurumustuk Singh Khalsa] The Nanakshahi month of Bhaadon has 31 days in year 548, and corresponds with August 16th through September 15th of 2016. There are eight commemorative dates observed during Bhaadon commemorating two gurupurabs and six other important historic Sikhism events. 3 Bhaadon : Thursday, August 18, 2016--Jor Mela Baba Bakala Guru Teg Bahadar festival commemorating inauguration of ninth guru.5 Bhaadon : Saturday, August 20, 2016--Shaheedi Sant Harchand Singh Longowal commemorating martyrdom of the Akali leader and 22 month long Dharam Yudh Morcha agitator.14 Bhaadon : Monday, August 29, 2016--Sampooran Divas commemorating completion of Siri Guru Granth Sahib ji scripture.18 Bhaadon : Friday, September 2, 2016--Pehla Prakash commemorating initial installation of Siri Guru Granth Sahib ji scripture at Harmandir Sahib.19 Bhaadon : Saturday, September 3, 2016--Gurgaddi Guru Arjun Dev, commemorating inauguration of fifth Guru.20 Bhaadon : Sunday, September 4, 2016--Joti Jot Guru Raam Das commemorating death of fourth guru.24 Bhaadon : Thursday, September 8, 2016--Jor Mela Kandh Sahib commemorating marriage of first Guru Nanak Dev to Bibi Sulakhni at Batala. A scheme to bury the Guru beneath a crumbling mud wall by disgruntled Brahmans opposed to the wedding failed, and the wall stand until the present day.30 Bhaadon : Wednesday, September 14, 2016--Gurgaddi Guru Raam Das commemorating inauguration of fourth guru. 07 of 12 Assu 548: September 16 - October 15, 2016 Important Sikhism Dates Entrance to Goindwa Baoli the Well of 84 Steps. Photo © [Jasleen Kaur] The Nanakshahi month of Assu has 30 days in year 548, and corresponds with September 16th through October 15th of 2016. There are eight commemorative dates observed during Assu commemorating three gurpurab, five important historic Sikhism events, and one tribute. 1 Assu : Friday, September 16, 2016--Joti Jot Guru Amar das commemorating death of third guru.--Jor Mela Baoli Goindwal Sahib commemorating the Well of 84 Steps. 5 Assu : Tuesday, September 20, 2016--Jor Mela Baba Buddha festival commemorating his life long service to eight of Sikhism's ten gurus. 6 Assu : Wednesday, September 21, 2016--Gurgaddi Guru Angad Dev commemorating inauguration of second guru. 10 Assu : Sunday, September 25, 2016--Joti Jot Guru Nanak Dev ji commemorating death of Sikhism's first guru. 13 Assu : Wednesday, September 28, 2016--Janam Shaheed martyr Bhagat Singh commemorating the birth and life of the revolutionary fighter for freedom from British rule. 22 Assu : Friday, October 7, 2016--Jor Mela Bir Baba Buddha ji, commemorating the forest and shrine where the revered saint blessed Mata Ganga to conceive her son Sixth Guru Har Govind. 24 Assu : Sunday, October 9, 2016--Shaheedi Bhai Sukhdev Singh Sukha and Bhai Jinda Singh commemorating retaliation of martyrs who assassinated Bluestar operative General Arun Shridhar Vaidya who led the 1984 attack on the Golden Temple. 26 Assu : Tuesday, October 11, 2016--Darbar Khalsa Dussehra festival in tribute to the marshal attributes of Goddess Durga. 08 of 12 Kattak 548: October 16 - November 14, 2016 Important Sikhism Dates Bandi Chhor Sikh O Lantern. Photo © [S Khalsa] The Nanakshahi month of Kattak has 30 days in year 548, and corresponds with October 16th through November 14th of 2016. There are 10 commemorative dates observed during Kattak commemorating five gurpurab and seven other important historic Sikhism events. 2 Kattak : Monday, October 17, 2016--Prakash Guru Raam Das commemorating birth of fourth guru. 5 Kattak : Thursday, October 20, 2016--Janam Sant Kartar Singh Bhindranwale commemorating birth of the venerable Gianni. 7 Kattak : Saturday, October 22, 2016--Janam Baba Buddha commemorating birth of the revered saint. 9 Kattak : Sunday, October 23, 2016--Joti Jot Guru Har Rai commemorating death of seventh guru.--Gurgaddi Eighth Guru Har Krishan commemorating inauguration of the child guru. 14 Kattak : Saturday, October 29, 2016--Saka Panja Sahib commemorating train station martyrs.--Sathaapanaa Divas commemorating founding of charitable religious reform society Chief Khalsa Divan. 15 Kattak : Sunday, October 30, 2016--Bandi Chhor Divas commemorating release of Sixth guru Har Govind and 52 princes from prison. 17 Kattak : Thursday, November 1, 2016--Panjabi Subha Divas commemorating the movement led by Master Tara Singh to form a Punjabi majority state in India. The movement began following India's independence from British rule, and subsequent partition of historic Punjab the homeland of Sikhs. Punjab became a state in 1966.--Gurgaddi Divas Sri Guru Granth Sahib ji festivities commemorating inauguration day anniversary. 21 Kattak : Saturday, November 5, 2016--Joti Jot Guru Gobind Singh commemorating death of tenth guru. 27 Kattak : Friday, November 11, 2016--Janam Bhagat Namev commemorating birth of one of 43 authors whose collected works make up the holy scripture of Guru Granth Sahib. 30 Kattak : Monday, November 14, 2016--Prakash First Guru Nanak Dev full moon festivities commemorating birth of Sikhism's founder.--Shaheedi Baba Deep Singh commemorating martyrdom of illustrious scribe and warrior. 09 of 12 Magghar 548: November 15 - December 14, 2016 Important Sikhism Dates Sikh Comics Cover "Guru Gobind Singh" Volume Two. Photo © [Courtesy Sikh Comics] The Nanakshahi month of Magghar has 30 days in year 548, and corresponds with October 16th through November 14th of 2016. There are seven commemorative dates observed during Magghar commemorating two gurpurab and five other important historic Sikhism events. 1 Magghar : Tuesday, November 15 , 2016--Sathaapanaa commemorating founding of Shiromani Gurdwara Parbandhak Committee (SGCP). 15 Magghar : Tuesday, November 29, 2016--Janam Sahibzada Zorawar Singh commemorating third son of Guru Gobind Singh was born to his first wife Jito. 18 Magghar : Friday, December 2, 2016--Gurgaddi Guru Gobind Singh commemorating inauguration of tenth guru. 19 Magghar : Saturday, December 3, 2016--Shaheedi Baba Gurbaksh Singh commemorating martyrdom of illustrious warrior who led 30 Sikhs against a horde of 30,000 Duranni invaders. 20 Magghar : Sunday, December 4, 2016--Shaheedi Guru Teg Bhahadar commemorating martyrdom of ninth guru. 29 Magghar : Tuesday, December 13, 2016--Janam Sahibzada Fateh Singh commemorating birth of youngest Son of Tenth Guru Gobind Singh with first wife Mata Jito ji. 30 Magghar : Wednesday, December 14, 2016--Sathaapanaa commemorating founding of Shiromani Akali Dal. 10 of 12 Poh 548: December 15, 2016 - January 13, 2017 One Against Many. Photo © [Courtesy Jedi Nights] The Nanakshahi month of Poh has 30 days in year 548, and corresponds with October 16th through November 14th of 2016. There are six commemorative dates observed during Poh commemorating one gurpurab and five other important historic Sikhism events. 7 Poh : Wednesday, December 21, 2016--Shaheedi Bhai Jiwan Singh illustrious soul whose own father sacrificed his life to cover up collection of severed head of martyred ninth Guru Teg Bahadar. 8 Poh : Thursday, December 22, 2016--Shaheedi Vade Sabihazde commemorating martyrdom of Guru Gobinds Singh's elder sons at Battle of Chamkaur. 9 Poh : Friday, December 23, 2016--Shaheedi commemorating martyrdom of Bhai Sangat Singh who impersonated Guru Gobind Singh to aid in the tenth gurus escape from Battle of Chamkaur as ordered by original Panj Pyare. 13 Poh : Tuesday, December 27, 2016--Shaheedi Chote Sahibzade commemorating martyrdom of Guru Gobind Singh's younger sons and mother at Sirhind. 22 Poh : Thursday, January 5, 2017--Prakash Guru Gobind Singh commemorating birth of tenth Guru Gobind Rai. 23 Poh : Friday, January 6, 2017--Shaheedi commemorating martyrdom of Bhai Kerah Singh and Bhai Satwant Singh for assassination of Indira Gandhi. 11 of 12 Maagh 548: January 14 - February 11, 2017 Baba Deep Singh Commemorative Float Poster at Yuba City Sikh Parade. Photo © [S Khalsa] The Nanakshahi month of Maagh has 29 days in year 548, and corresponds with October 16th through November 14th of 2016. There are seven commemorative dates observed during Maagh commemorating one gurpurab and six other important historic Sikhism events and one tribute. 1 Maagh : Saturday, January 14, 2017--Jor Mela commemoration festivities at Mukstar battle site of martyrdom of 40 liberated ones.--Neeh Pathar Sachkhand Sri Harmandir commemorating laying of foundation stone.7 Maagh : Friday, January 20, 2017--Chabian da Morcha 1920's campaign by SGPC for recovery of keys to Golden Temple treasury.13 Maagh : Thursday, January 26, 2017--Gantatar Divas commemorating Republic Day.14 Maagh : Friday, January 27, 2017--Janam Baba Deep Singh commemorating birth of illustrious martyr.19 Maagh : Wednesday, February 1, 2017--Basant Panchami tribute to spring season festival of India.27 Maagh : Thursday, February 9, 2017--Prakash Guru Har Rai commemorating birth of seventh guru.--Vada Ghallughara greater Sikh holocaust Durrani invaders massacre 30,000.28 Maagh : Friday, February 10, 2017--Janam Bhagat Ravidas commemorating birth of illustrious 15th century poet and contributor to Guru Granth Sahib scripture. 12 of 12 Phaggan 548: February 12 - March13, 2017 Gatka Sword Dance at Hola Mohalla Martial Arts Parade. Photo © [S Khalsa] The Nanakshahi month of Phaggan has 29 days in year 548, and corresponds with October 16th through November 14th of 2016. There are three commemorative dates observed during Phaggan commemorating three important historic Sikhism events and one tribute. 10 Phaggan : Tuesday, February 21, 2017--Saka Nankana Sahib Mahant Massacre commemorating martyrdom of 200 Sikhs attempting to regain control of gurdwara under corrupt management.--Jaito da Morcha agitation to restore throne of Maharaja Ripudman Singh of Nabha.25 Phaggan : Tuesday, March 7, 2017--Kaumatari Mela Divas tribute festival.30 Phaggan : Monday, March 13, 2017--Hola Mohalla martial arts festival.