'Baisakhi' is also called 'Vaisakhi'. Baisakhi is usually celebrated on 13 April, and very occasionally on 14 April every year. The Baisakhi festival is a seasonal festival. It is celebrated all over the India especially in Punjab and Haryana by all classes of people. Hindus, Muslims and Sikhs all take part in this celebration. It is celebrated to mark the arrival of the harvest season.
Baisakhi is the major festival of Sikhs. For the Sikhs it is not only a festival of harvest but also marks the birth of Sikh brotherhood and Sikh unity. It was on this day in 1699 that the last Sikh Guru, Guru Gobind Singh organised the Sikhs into Khalsa or the pure ones.
On the day of Baisakhi people put on new clothes. They prepare Halawa and several tasty things at home. A fair is held everywhere in connection with the Baisakhi festival. Generally the fair is held by the side of a river. On Baisakhi day there is great rush in the fair. Sikhs celebrate this festival in a special manner. They visit temples, read holy Granth and commemorate the teachings of the great Gurus.