Nagar means a suburb, town or city. Kirtan refers to the singing of Gurbani. Nagar Kirtan's are ways of celebrating Gurpurbs and taking the Guru Granth into the community. Food may be freely provided from floats that follow the Scripture or from stationary points in the vicinity of the procession. The procession concludes at the Gurudwara with Ardas (prayer).
The Kirtan involving the processional singing of holy hymns throughout a community. While practiced at any time, it is usually customary in April the month of Vaisakhi. Traditionally, the procession is led by the saffron-robed Panj Pyare (the five beloved of the Guru), who are followed by the Guru Granth Sahib, the holy Sikh scripture, which is placed on a float.
Commonly, members of the procession are unshod in deference to the scripture so displayed. Likewise, many cover their heads and don the colour saffron or orange. The road before the procession is cleared by Sewadars. Bystanders bow their heads to the scripture.