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Every religion has its own festivals and honors its own saints. Sikhism is no different. One such day which is very important to the Sikhs is the day when Guru Arjan Dev became a martyr. He was the first martyr, and every year on June 16, the Martyrdom of Guru Arjan Dev is commemorated. This day has been marked to honor him and has been commemorated since 1606.
Traditionally, prayers are made to Guru Arjan Dev, and his message of peace is meditated on by followers. The observance typically includes “kirtan” (recitation of hymns from the Sri Guru Granth Sahib, the Holy Scripture) and “katha” (Sikhism-based lectures).