Gurpurab - Guru's Commemoration

Kirtan Rain Sabaee - All Night Worship Service
All Night Worship Service. Photo © [Khalsa Panth]


Purab is an anniversary commemorating either birth or death as a holiday festival.

Gurpurab is a holiday commemorating either the birthday, inauguration, death or the martyrdom of one of the ten gurus of Sikhism. A gurpurab is observed with festivities which involve a worship service:

  • An akhand paath, a 48 hour continuous reading of the Sikh scripture Guru Granth.
  • Singing hymns during an early morning worship service.
  • Singing hymns during a daytime or evening worship service.
  • A parade of the scripture, Guru Granth, accompanied by a procession of worshipers singing hymns.
  • Singing hymns in an all night worship service.
  • All of the above, including fireworks displays over a three day period.

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Pronunciation: grr - purr - rub

Common Misspellings: Gurupurub