‘Veer Baal Diwas’ was observed in the Embassy of India in Washington, D.C. on December 26, 2022. The event was attended by members of the Indian-origin community in Greater Washington, including students.
All attendees paid tribute to the unparalleled sacrifices made by Sahibzade- the beloved sons of Sri Guru Gobind Singh Ji. A digital exhibition on the lives of Sahibzades, Baba Ajit Singh Ji, Baba Jujhaar Singh Ji, Baba Zorawar Singh Ji and Baba Fateh Singh Ji was also mounted on this occasion, a press release from the Indian Embassy said.
Speaking at the event, Charge d’Affaires Sripriya Ranganathan highlighted the various initiatives implemented by the Government of India which have facilitated commemoration of sacred festivals of Sikhism- including opening of Kartarpur Sahib Corridor; celebration of 550th birth anniversary of Guru Nanak Dev ji across the world; the commemoration of 400th birth anniversary of Guru Teg Bahadur ji – with a special commemorative coin and postage stamp being released by the Prime Minister Narendra Modi to mark Guru Teg Bahadur’s 400th Prakash Purab; and bringing back three ‘Holy Swarups’ of the Guru Granth Sahib Ji from Afghanistan with full honors in August last year.
The inaugural commemoration of ‘Veer Baal Diwas’ is taking place in India and across the world, as the country celebrates the Azadi Ka Amrit Mahotsav signifying 75 years of India’s independence.
Prime Minister Modi had announced during the Prakash Purab of Sri Guru Gobind Singh Ji on January 9, 2022 that 26th December will be observed as ‘Veer Baal Diwas’ every year.