Why some Sikhs differ over the birth-date of Guru Gobind Singh Ji

A significant portion of Sikhs celebrated it on 5th Jan 2019, which is the actual birth date of the Guru according to th...

Many Sikhs are split over which calendar they should use to commemorate their historical events, most notably the Gurpurabs or birth dates of the 10 Sikh Gurus. 

One school of thought follows the Vikarmi lunar Calendar, where dates vary. The other follows the Nanakshai solar calendar, where dates are fixed...

...A significant portion of Sikhs celebrated it on 5th Jan 2019, which is the actual birth date of the Guru according to the Solar calendar. 

However, other Sikhs and the Shromani Gurdwara Prabandak Committee (SGPC), which controls many historical Gurdwaras in India including the Darbar Sahib in Amritsar, work from the lunar calendar and record his birth as 22nd Dec 1666. Because of minor shifts this year it falls on 13th January...

...I believe we should celebrate the birth of our Gurus everyday and, according to gurmat, no one day is anymore special than any other. The only thing that really counts is the present moment of existence.

And so I say to my brothers and sisters who are celebrating today or last week, Happy Gurpurab. I would also appeal to Sikh intellectuals from both schools of thought to come together and find a solution; there is no other way forward.

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Dr Gurnam Singh is Associate Professor of Social Work, Coventry University, UK and a presenter on the Akaal Channel.

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