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Sikhism; Festivals/Holidays
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There are two types of Sikh festivals, one type is connected with the lives of the gurus called gurpurbs and the other one is called jore melas.

Gurpurb:
This is a holy day that is related to the birth or death of one of the gurus. The birthday of Guru Nanak is a gurpurb. gurpurb takes place in November ansd is concidered to be the most important of all gurpurbs. This celebration can last for three days and the central feature of the festival is the akhand path (a continuous reading of the Guru Granth Sahib for two days). It is followed by a regular morning service. During the festival, lectures and speeches explain the importance of the event and the guru's contributoion to the Sikh faith. Langar is served.
 
 

Jore Melas:
There are a number of these types of festivals including Baisakhi, Diwali, and Hola Mohalla. Jore Melas provide the opportunity for Sikhs to gather together.