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Waheguru ji ki fateh !!

Sangat Ji,

Just came across this interesting read while downloading Kirtan from Sikhnet.

Thought i should share..

https://www.sikhnet.com/news/why-do-sikhs-celebrate-bandi-chhor-divas-so-much

Source: http://americanbornconfusedsikh.blogspot.ca/2017/10/why-do-sikhs-celebrate-bandi-chor-divas.html

 

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If we look back into history and see where we came from i.e from the Hindus, then you may understand more about this topic. I think when Hindus  first born sons were being given to become Sikhs, they wanted something at least that they could celebrate together. Hence the Hindu part of the family would celebrate Diwali and then the Sikhs would be celebrating the Bhandhi shor diwas.

Many other youngsters would have more questions of this sort. Well the answer is Who stopped you from celebrating anything in any way? We have had mothers days, fathers days and many others etc added to our list of celebrations. My son was asking me in tears just the other day when the Happy childrens day is going to be? 

Many Sikhs have got Hindu ways of celebrating Diwali. I think the word Bhandhi shor has now recently come into force by way of media. My mum had a diva and many people from the older generation still believe in keeping a light on so that the Goddess Laxmi can visit their house and there will be plentiful money. 

Long story short - celebrate whatever you want. No ones stopping you. Hold a sehaj path at the Guradwara and call your relatives and say it is in memory of Guru Nanak Dev Ji coming out of prison. Research and tell them about your speech. Or call a giani Ji for special katha. Hold a special evening at your home and invite your relatives or friends and tell them about Guru Ji. Wouldn't they just be thrilled ?

You decide what to celebrate and when and how. The problem is that we are just not focused enough to celebrate special moments in Sikhi. Some people in some places are taking the lead. 

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Bandi Chhor Divas & Diwali is a day marked to celebrate triumph of Goodness over evil which subsequently results in happiness, peace & prosperity.

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1 hour ago, sikhni777 said:

Hold a sehaj path at the Guradwara and call your relatives and say it is in memory of Guru Nanak Dev Ji coming out of prison

I don't know but I am pretty sure Dhan Dhan Guru Nanak Dev Ji was not sent to prison. The 6th Nanak (Dhan Dhan Guru Hargobind Singh Ji) was in prison and got Kings released hence why Bandi Chhor Divas is celebrated.

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Just now, monatosingh said:

I don't know but I am pretty sure Dhan Dhan Guru Nanak Dev Ji was sent to prison. The 6th Nanak (Dhan Dhan Guru Hargobind Singh Ji) was in prison and got Kings released hence why Bandi Chhor Divas is celebrated.

Yes you are right, it was Guru Hargobind ji. 

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1 hour ago, monatosingh said:

I don't know but I am pretty sure Dhan Dhan Guru seltanak Dev Ji was not sent to prison. The 6th Nanak (Dhan Dhan Guru Hargobind Singh Ji) was in prison and got Kings released hence why Bandi Chhor Divas is celebrated.

During the time of Babar, Guru ji was scooped up with plenty others and had to do the chaki. St that time, Babar saw him as a holy soul and set him free. The chaki was going on by I

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5 hours ago, sikhni777 said:

If we look back into history and see where we came from i.e from the Hindus, then you may understand more about this topic.

Sikhs do not come from Hindus. 

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40 minutes ago, simran345 said:

Sikhs do not come from Hindus. 

It's not a coincidence that Bandi Chhor falls on the same day as Diwali though. We can't deny the parallels between the two stories.

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4 minutes ago, MrDoaba said:

It's not a coincidence that Bandi Chhor falls on the same day as Diwali though. We can't deny the parallels between the two stories.

Does it though?

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16 minutes ago, 13Mirch said:

Does it though?

Like most of the Sikh Qaum I believe it does. It's a good question though, and not one I've pondered over. Do you have info that says otherwise Veere?

Actually I have a question you may be able to answer: I've been told Sikhs (or Punjabis) celebrate something called Diwala, the day after Diwali. Do you know anything about this supposed celebration or what it entails? Could it be a masculinization of Diwali similar to Holi/Hola Mohalla?

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4 hours ago, MrDoaba said:

Like most of the Sikh Qaum I believe it does. It's a good question though, and not one I've pondered over. Do you have info that says otherwise Veere?

Actually I have a question you may be able to answer: I've been told Sikhs (or Punjabis) celebrate something called Diwala, the day after Diwali. Do you know anything about this supposed celebration or what it entails? Could it be a masculinization of Diwali similar to Holi/Hola Mohalla?

Diwala sounds something like a masculinization of Diwali. Otherwise I am just asking my question based on the conflicting theories which I have heard over the years. 

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7 minutes ago, 13Mirch said:

 Otherwise I am just asking my question based on the conflicting theories which I have heard over the years. 

Could you elaborate? It would be interesting to hear.

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11 hours ago, simran345 said:

Sikhs do not come from Hindus. 

My great grandfather was a Hindu. Well, in fact he used to smoke a lot as well. However he wanted his family to be a Sikh. This was my grandfathers father. 

On the other hand my nanis father was very religious. Waking up at amrit vela and doing ishnaan in the nadhi. He was fully literate too and had a huge collection of sakhis which he narrated as bed time stories to the whole village. 

However, what makes you think we are not from the Hindus. There were only muslims and Hindus at that time in India. of course, unless you are not from India, which I assume you are penji. 

If we go back to the time of Sri Guru HarGobind Sahib Ji, Sikhi was not really existing in its real form as it is today. Sikh meant a follower of the Guru. There was no main distinction. Most people wore turbans. Hair cuts were introduced by the whites. People who were in seva and were Hindus were turbaned too. The style may be different. 

If you take yourself back to that time, when Sikhs were not distinguished, then this is what happened. When Guru Har Gobind Sahib Ji was released from prison, he rescued 52 Hindu rajas and came back to his city which was all lit up with divas because all were celebrating Diwali. Hence both celebrations co-incided together.

https://www.allaboutsikhs.com/sikh-festivals/the-sikh-festivals-divalibandi-chhorh-divas

 

Look at it another way. This was the day Ram, who is believed to be one of the roops of God came and this is the time when Guru JI who is believed to be Waheguru came back to his own city after people had been missing Guru Ji so much. There was all the reason for celebration. 

When Sikhi had not been declared to be Sikhi and the Sikhs had not been declared by Guru Gobind Singh Ji to be different from the Hindus, we still were the same people. It is the coming generations which adopted a pure form of Sikhi - which  what we know today. Shabads anf the SGGS we know today were non-existent until Guru Arjun Dev Ji composed the Adh Granth. What were we reading then? It was scattered shabads from the first 4 Gurus which were found here and there. 

The work done by Guru Arjun Dev Ji is truely great indeed. He preserved the Bani so that we can get it in its purest form even today.

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