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Home > India Fair & Festival Tours > Hola Mohalla Sikh Festival - Festival of armory
Hola Mohalla Sikh Festival - Festival of Armory

Date : 05 Mar – 08 Mar, 2015
Highlights : Activities like Mock fighting (Gatka) & spear battles, magnificent displays of horsemanship, prayers, dance, music and poetry competitions.

Hola Mohalla is a festival celebrated by the Sikh community in Anandpur Sahib, Punjab. Started in 1701 by the Sikh religious leader, Guru Gobind Singh, this is a traditional festival in which the focus is to revive the spirit of Holi Festival in India. The celebrations are totally different from the way Holi is celebrated across the country. This three days festival reminds the people of valor and defense preparedness, concepts dear to the Tenth Guru who was at that time battling the Mughal Empire. One can witness the prowess of Sikh community in wrestling, martial arts, mock sword fights, magnificent displays of horsemanship, turban tying displays and acrobatics too.

The festival is celebrated in the month of Phalguna, a day after Holi Festival and in addition to the demonstrations mentioned above; there are music and poetry gatherings held to liven the atmosphere. There is a procession on the last day which passes through key and important Gurudwaras and ends at the Takth which means a throne. One of the highlights of any Sikh celebration is the community kitchens or the langars wherein women volunteer to cook food for all the visitors and in the cleaning and maintenance of the place. The food can be partaken by anyone attending the festival. The three days are marked with colourful processions, mock fights and prayers held in the mornings. The festival is now recognized as the National Festival by the Indian Government. In attending this festival, one can get a glimpse of the unique Sikh customs and way of life from close quarters.