This is the celebration of a new solar year and harvest season for Hindus and Sikhs. For Sikhs though, there is also a religious significance, as it commemorates the founding of the Khalsa (Servants of God) by Guru Gobind Singh, the tenth Guru of the Sikhs. On this day, a volunteer, willing to die, followed him into his tent and the Guru emerged alone with a blood-stained sword. Four more followed suit until the Guru revealed that all five men, ‘Panj Piares’ (the five beloved ones), were actually unharmed.