Today’s activity is an easy and fun one – Vaisakhi colouring pages! Today, we’ll talk about the story and importance of Vaisakhi, all while colouring and creating our own masterpieces. A big thank you to My Punjabi Roots for providing us with these beautiful Vaisakhi colouring pages
Traditionally in Sikhi, stories are told in the format of Sakhis. Sakhi literally means historical account or story. The term refers to the accounts of the historical events in Sikhism. It is a tale usually from the era during the times of the Gurus. (source: Wikipedia) So today, we are going to continue the tradition of storytelling and pass on the Vaisakhi story.
A Simplified Version of The Vaisakhi Story:
Disclaimer: This snippet is not a complete sakhi. It is a short introduction to Vaisakhi suitable for children age 4-8 years old. If you wish to share more, you can do a quick google search and find many more detailed sakhis.
Vaisakhi is one of the most important dates in the Sikh calendar. On April 13th, 1699 Guru Gobind Singh Ji established the Khalsa, giving birth to Sikhi as a collective faith. On this day, he gave the Sikh community a religious vision. Vaisakhi is actually the birthday of Sikhi!
On this day there was big mela (festive gathering) at Anandpur Sahib. There Guru Gobind Singh Ji called out to the crowd and asked for five brave warriors to step forward. He took them into a tent while the crowd wondered what was happening. Guruji baptized those five people by sprinkling them with amrit, also known as holy water. In this way, the panj pyare or the Beloved Five became the first members of the Khalsa.
Vaisakhi Colouring Pages
Can download the colouring sheets by clicking on the following links. If you are sharing your masterpieces on social media, please remember to tag @pinkchai and @mypunjabiroots, we would love to see your work and share it too!