Birth of Guru Nanak Dev Ji (Sikhism)
Birth of Guru Nanak Dev Ji, founder of the Sikh faith and the first of the Ten Gurus, was born in 1469 CE. He was an accomplished poet, 974 of his hymns are contained in the Sikh Scriptures, the Sri Guru Granth Sahib Ji.
Lokashah Jayanti (Jainism)
Lokashah Jayanti: the full moon of the calendar's first month is a time to celebrate the births of revered and scholarly persons. The most famous of these is the 15th century reformer Lonka Saha whose opposition to temple worship and the use of images led to the found of the Sthanakavasi sect, which empahsized scholarship.
Martyrdom of Gur Tegh Bahadur Ji (Sikhism)
This day commemorates the martyrdom of Gur Tegh Bahadur Ji (1621-1675), the ninth of the Ten Sikh Gurus. He is remembered not only for his defence of the Sikh Faith, but also for the willingly giving up his life for religious liberty for all faiths.
Bandi Chhor Divas (Sikhism)
Bandi Chhor Divas manes "the Day of the prisoners' release." It commemorates the return of the sixth Guru, Gury Hargobind Ji, to the holy city of Amritsar after he negotiated the release of himself and 52 princes held for political reasons. Since he was released on the day of Diwali (the 'Festival of Lights'), Sikhs in Amritsar illumnate the city.