Sorry we’re a bit late to write a little about Baisaki, or Vaisakhi 2012. This is really hot on the tails of Easter, i.e. a celebration of Spring. New beginnings, fertility, harvest….and so on.
Vaisakhi is technically the end of the harvest of the rabi (or spring) crop in India. The Indian states of Punjab and Haryana are agricultural states, so the festival is celebrated with lot of joy. People arise early and bathe in holy rivers. In the Punjab, farmers and their families break into the traditional Punjabi dance, the ‘bhangra’.
Interestingly,there is also an astrological significance to the day Baisakhi is celebrated, since it marks the sun’s entry into an orbit known as ‘Mesh Rashi’. This planetary alignment is celebrated as ‘Rongali Bihu’ in Assam, ‘Naba Barsha’ in Bengal, ‘Puthandu’ in Tamil Nadu, ‘Pooram Vishu’ in Kerala and ‘Vaishakha’ in Bihar. ‘Mesh Rashi’ is the same thing as Aries! I wonder if people born in the spring time are more cheerful than others! Thoughts, anyone! Happy Baisakhi!