Vaisakhi being celebrated in northern India; PM Narendra Modi extends his greetings

The festival of harvest, Vaisakhi is being celebrated in northern part of the country on Wednesday.

ANI| Last Updated: Apr 13, 2016, 10:58 AM IST

New Delhi: The festival of harvest, Vaisakhi is being celebrated in northern part of the country on Wednesday.

On this occasion, farmers, especially in Punjab and Haryana, express their gratitude for a good harvest and pray for prosperity in the coming year.

Vaisakhi has special significance amongst the Sikh, as they also celebrate it as Guru Gobind Singh's birthday and the foundation of the Khalsa panth.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi extended his greetings to the nation on this occasion.

"On the auspicious occasion of Baisakhi, my greetings to people across India & the world. May this day bring joy & prosperity in society," he tweeted.

He also paid tribute to the martyrs, who lost their lives in the Jallianwala Bagh massacre.

"Saluting all the martyrs who lost their lives in the Jallianwala Bagh massacre. Their sacrifice & courage can never be forgotten," he tweeted.

On the Vaisakhi in 1919, thousands of people sacrificed their lives at Jallianwala Bagh in Amritsar as British troops fired on the unarmed and peaceful protesters.

This incident is known as Jallianwala massacre in the history of freedom movement.