Who was Guru Nanak?

Sikhism was founded by a wise man called Guru Nanak. Guru Nanak is considered the first Sikh Guru.

Sikhism is still based on his teachings and those of the nine Sikh Gurus who followed him.

What is the story of Guru Nanak?

Nanak in conversation

Guru Nanak was born into a Hindu family in 1469.

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What is Guru Nanak Gurpurab?

Guru Nanak Gurpurab is a festival celebrating Guru Nanak's birthday!

The word 'Gurpurab' is a mixture of the word Guru, which means 'teacher', and Purab which means 'Festival' or 'Celebration' in Punjabi.

Click on the picture below to find out about the events that lead up to Guru Nanak Gurpurab.

When is Guru Nanak Gurpurab?

Sikhs have lots of Gurpurabs each year to celebrate the lives of the ten Sikh Gurus. Guru Nanak Gurpurab is the most special one because Nanak was the founder of Sikhism.

Guru Nanak Gurpurab is in November or December every year. In 2021 it will take place on Friday 19 November.

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