Guru Nanak Jayanti 2022: When is Guru Nanak Jayanti? Date, significance, history and all you need to know about Gurpurab

The sacred festival of Guru Nanak Jayanti, also known as Gurpurab, Prakash Parv and Guru Nanak's Prakash Utsab, is right around the corner. 

It is one of the most important days of Sikhism and marks the birth anniversary of the first of the ten Sikh gurus and the founder of Sikhism, Guru Nanak Dev Ji. 

It is observed annually on the full moon date of the Kartik month or Kartik Purnima. The festival is honoured by Sikhs all across the globe with utmost love and reverence

Guru Nanak Jayanti or Gurpurab is on November 8, 2022. It will be observed as the 553rd birth anniversary of Guru Nanak Dev Ji.  

This year, on the occasion of Kartik Purnima, a total Lunar Eclipse or Chandra Grahan (also known as the Blood Moon) will take place. 

As per religious sources, Guru Nanak Dev Ji was born in 1469 at Talwandi Nankana Sahib. It is believed that Guru Nanak Dev Ji laid the foundation of the Sikh religion and brought enlightenment to this world. 

On this day, a 48-hour non-stop recitation of the Guru Granth Sahib, called Akhand Path, is held in the Gurudwaras 

Additionally, a procession called Nagarkirtan is organised a day before Guru Nanak's birthday, led by five men called the Panj Pyare, who hold the Sikh triangular flag, Nishan Sahib 

During the procession, the Guru Granth Sahib is placed in a palanquin, and people sing hymns in groups, play traditional musical instruments, and display their martial art skills.