Sikh, Hindu Devotees Celebrate Baisakhi

April 11, 2005

Source: Dawn

On April 11, 2005 Dawn reported, "Over 3,000 Sikh pilgrims arrived here [Lahore] from India on Monday to celebrate Baisakhi, which marks the end of wheat harvesting season. Of the 3,142 pilgrims, some 311 belonged to the Jammu and Kashmir. Amid shower of petals, some of the pilgrims crossed the border barefoot in respect of the land which is the birthplace of their religious founder Baba Guru Nanak. Banners emblazoned with peace messages in Gurmukhi were displayed to welcome the guests. The pilgrims left for Gurdwara Punja Sahib in Hasan Abdal soon after their arrival by trains to celebrate the festival starting on April 14 (Thursday). The officials of the Evacuee Trust Property Board and the Pakistan Sikh Gurdwara Parbandhak Committee greeted the guests, who arrived by two special trains and the Samjhota Express. Bibi Kiranjot Kaur, the delegation head, welcomed the peace process between Indian and Pakistan. She said the peace efforts could only continue through people-to-people contact."