Guru Nanak Jayanti or Gurpurab is the birth anniversary of Guru Nanak. 2019 marks the 550th anniversary of the Guru. It is an important festival among Sikhs and celebrated by taking out Prabhat Pheri at Gurudwaras all over, two days before the birth anniversary. Akhand Path a 48-hour non-stop reading from the Guru Granth Sahib is also done followed by prayers, and singing hymns. Food too plays a role in the celebrations with the distribution of Langar which are community meals served at the Gurudwara to everyone free of cost.
Many delicacies are also prepared at home and enjoyed by the whole family. However, as with every festival, those on a strict diet, are always on the lookout for healthier food options so that they too can be part of the celebration. By using sugar substitutes in the sweets and whole grains in the foods, the health-conscious can enjoy this holy festival along with everyone else.