10 Ideas to Celebrate Vaisakhi with Kids – Understand the significance of this festival by making some fun crafts!
Festivals are not just a great time to celebrate and enjoy, but also an opportunity to acquaint our children with India’s diverse culture. Last weekend we took our kids to an Easter Egg hunt at a friend’s place. Even though my husband and I are both Hindus, we love all cultural and religious holidays too; St. Patrick’s Day, Christmas, Diwali, Ramazan, and even Chinese New Year. Then I realized I had no crafts for Vaisakhi that’s an important day for Sikhs.
What is Vaisakhi?
Also spelled Vaisakhi, Baisakhi is the Sikh New Year celebration. A joyous, vibrant event, it’s also the spring harvest festival, where Sikhs rejoice in the abundance of crops and pray for future good fortune.
When is Vaisakhi 2022?
It is celebrated on the 13th or 14th of April (Gregorian calendar) every year. In 2022 it falls on Thursday, the 14th of April.
Why is Vaisakhi important?
For the Sikhs, it is a festival to commemorate the establishment of the Khalsa. It marks the start of the Punjabi New Year, but it is also a day to celebrate 1699 – the year when Sikhism was born as a collective faith.
History of Vaisakhi
In 1699, Guru Gobind Singh used the excuse of Vaisakhi to gather together tens of thousands of Sikhs. This is what happened!
Adults – please watch this video first without children and decide if you think it is suitable to watch with them. Although it is a cartoon, it is a little gruesome!
How to wish someone on Vaisakhi?
Just say Happy Vaisakhi! Hope the harvest brings endless joy and happy moments. Warm wishes on Vaisakhi! May this cheerful festival of Vaisakhi usher in good times and happiness that you deserve
How is Vaisakhi celebrated?
The biggest celebrations occur in Punjab, India (the birthplace of Sikhism) and include feasts, parades, prayers, and plenty of socializing. To celebrate Vaisakhi, Sikhs will visit places of worship called Gurdwaras. These will also be specially decorated for the occasion.
‘Nagar’ means town and ‘kirtan’ means the singing of hymns from the Guru Granth Sahib, which is the Sikh holy book. The book is carried in the processions in a place of honor. Celebrations traditionally include singing and music, as well as reading scriptures out loud and chanting hymns. Many Sikhs also choose Vaisakhi as the day to be baptized into the Khalsa brotherhood.
10 Ideas to Celebrate Baisakhi with Kids
1. Decorate in Red, Orange & Yellow Hues to Celebrate Vaisakhi with Kids
Incorporate red, orange, and yellow hues into your decor. Baisakhi is celebrated with vibrant colors and these three carry the most meaning for the holiday. Think yellow curtains, bright red throw pillows, and orange marigold flowers in the hallway. Orange and yellow are considered the official colors of Sikhism. They signify the sacrifice that the original disciples (the Panj Piaras) made for their beliefs.
2. Free Printable Happy Vaisakhi Cards
Grab our free Coloring cards that are perfect for some family activity on Vaisakhi.
Download, Print, Color, Cut & Gift to someone celebrating.
3. Religious Sikh Crafts to Celebrate Vaisakhi with Kids
Kiddie Sangat is a Sikh parent & toddler playgroup from the UK. Check out their kanga craft. Perfect to make for Vaisakhi or any topic about the 5 K’s, Sikh identity, and Khalsa. Also, a simple Kalgi craft – Kalgi is a turban ornament and so many more crafts.
3. Baisakhi Paper Craft Idea | DIY Vaisakhi special couple
In this Video, Jingle – The Creative Art has showcased how to make a couple celebrating the Baisakhi festival from Paper at home. Watch and learn how to create a Vaisakhi celebration idea for school projects. In this video tutorial, you can also learn a how to make a doll from paper and waste materials
4. Baisakhi Quilling Craft for kids
Quilling for kids: I saw this quilling craft on masalamommas and thought it would be fun to do during Vaisakhi. It reflects more of the cultural activities like harvesting wheat and Bhangra dancing. This company, Oak Arts, is based in New Delhi.
5. Little Sikhs Puppets & Activity Sheets to Celebrate Vaisakhi with Kids
Little Sikhs is a site that promotes Sikh traditions, culture, and religion through creative artwork, engaging educational materials, and interactive learning experiences. Check out their page for Some coloring pages, Activity sheets & these fun puppet templates.
7. Lion Crafts to Celebrate Vaisakhi with Kids
Singh, the surname given to every Sikh man on Vaisakhi in 1699, means Lion. Why not explore some of our lion activities?
8. Make & Fly Kites to Celebrate Baisakhi with Kids
Vaisakhi has traditionally been a time that children made their own kites and flew them. Why not have a go at making your own kite crafts?
9. Wheat Paper Crafts for Kids
Vaisakhi is celebrated in the joy of the preparation of the Rabi crop. Wheat pulses, oilseed, and sugarcane crops are received by farmers as Rabi crops. In Punjab, at this time, the wheat crop can be seen growing and swinging everywhere. Krokotak shares an easy craft template.
10. Vaisakhi Coloring Pages for Children
For Vaisakhi, ThePlayfulIndian has created this coloring page for kids. Download for free on her site.
I hope you liked the 10 Ideas to Celebrate Vaisakhi with Kids. Do you have more ideas for us to try out? Do share in comments below.