Festival Calendar

Hola Mohalla

28 March

Hola MohallaHola Mahalla or simply Hola is a Sikh event, which takes place on the first of the lunar month of Chet, which usually falls in March.

Hola is derived from the word halla (a military charge) and the term mohalla stands for an organized procession or an army column.

Hola MohallaThis custom originated in the time of and by Guru Gobind Singh (1666–1708) who held the first march at Anandpur on Chet vadi 1, 1757 Bk (22 February 1701). Holi, when people playfully sprinkle colored powders, dry or mixed in water, on each other the Guru made Hola Mahalla an occasion for the Sikhs to demonstrate their martial skills in simulated battles. This was probably done forestalling a grimmer struggle against the imperial power and channelizing the energy of folks to a more useful activity.

Hola Mahalla became an annual event held in an open ground near Holgarh, a Fort across the rivulet Charan Ganga, northwest of Anandpur sahib.

Hola MohallaThe festival consists of camping out and enjoying various displays of fighting prowess and valour, followed by kirtan, music, and poetry.

For meals, visitors sit on the ground in neat rows called Pangats and eat vegetarian food from the Langars served by volunteers.

Hola Mohalla: Nihangs carry traditional weapons and modern fire-arms as well, and are skilled at tent-pegging, sword wielding, jousting and other martial sports.


Anandpur Sahib



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