Millions of Sikhs around the world are celebrating the centuries-old festival of Vaisakhi, one of the most important dates in the Sikh calendar. The festival marks several important dates, including the spring harvest festival, the Punjabi New Year and the year Sikhism was born as a collective faith in 1699.
In India, the main celebrations take place at Talwandi Sabo, the Gurudwara at Anandpur Sahib and at the Golden Temple in Amritsar.
In Pakistan, Vaisakhi is celebrated by Sikhs at the shrines of Panja Sahib and Nankana Sahib, the birth place of Sikh faith founder Guru Nanak Dev.
This article was first published on April 14, 2015