Sikh groups went to the Akal Takht to appeat and prevent the ban on Nanakshahi Calendar to the Jathedar.
What is the Nanakshahi Calendar and Why is it Important?
The Nanakshahi calendar is a solar calendar that was adopted by the Shiromani
Gurudwara Prabhandak Committee (SGPC) to determine the dates for important
Sikh events. It was designed by Pal Singh Purewal to replace the Hindu calendar
and is in use since 1998-99. The epoch of this calendar is the Prakash of the
first Sikh Guru, Nanak Dev Ji in 1469. Sikh New Year’s Day falls on March 14th
as per the Gregorian (Western) calendar.
Features of the new calendar
• A solar calendar
• Called Nanakshahi after Guru Nanak Dev Ji (founder of Sikhism)
• Year One is the year of Guru Nanak Dev Ji’s birth (1469 CE)
• Uses most of the mechanics of the Western calendar
• Year length is same as Western calendar (365 days 5 hours 48 minutes 45
• Contains 5 months of 31 days followed by 7 months of 30 days
• Leap year every 4 years in which the last month (Phagun) has an extra day
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