Nanakshahi Sammat 555:
The Prime Minister greeted the Sikh community on commencement of Nanakshahi Sammat 555.
- This year’s Nanakshahi calendar has been dedicated to the 200th anniversary of the martyrdom of Akali Baba Phula Singh, the 300th anniversary of the birth of Sardar Jassa Singh Ramgarh and the 100th anniversary of the Jaito front.
- Nanakshahi Sammat 555 is a calendar system that was introduced by the Shiromani Gurdwara Parbandhak Committee (SGPC) in 2003.
- It is named after the founder of the Sikh religion, Guru Nanak Dev Ji to mark his 500th birth anniversary.
- It is a tropical solar calendar used in Sikhism.
- The reference epoch of the Nanakshahi calendar is the birth of Guru Nanak Dev, corresponding to the year 1469 CE.
- It is based on the “Barah Maha” (Twelve Months), a composition composed by the Sikh gurus reflecting the changes in nature conveyed in the twelve-month cycle of the year.
- The year begins with the month of Chet, with 1 Chet corresponding to 14 March.