‘Veer Baal Diwas’ was observed in the Embassy of India in Washington DC on December 26, 2022, in presence of the Indian Diaspora and students.
All attendees paid tributes 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.
Speaking at the event, Charge d’Affaires Sripriya Ranganathan highlighted the various initiatives implemented by the Government of India which have facilitated the commemoration of sacred festivals of Sikhism- including the opening of the Kartarpur Sahib Corridor; the celebration of the 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 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 honor 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 Narendra Modi had announced on the occasion of the Prakash Purab of Sri Guru Gobind Singh Ji on 9th January 2022 that 26th December will be observed as ‘Veer Baal Diwas’ every year.