Hola Mohalla is a Holy festival of Sikhs. Hola Mohalla falls on the second day of ‘Chet’ (The first month of the Nanakshahi Calendar). The Festival continues for three days. Mostly, the Festival falls on the 2nd day of Holi but this year it started on the day of ‘Holi’ itself. Sikhs Celebrate this Festival all over the world. In Anandpur Sahib of Punjab, this Festival acts as a hub of Celebration for Nihang Sikhs. Read the article to know more about ‘Hola Mohalla’.
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• The Word ‘Hola Mohalla’.
Hola is derived from the word ‘Halla’. The word ‘Halla’ suggests that a military or an army. And, the word ‘Mohalla’ suggests that an organized military procession. On the day of Hola Mohalla, the Sikhs organize a procession in which activities like Mock Battles, playing Gatka, Bareback horse-riding, an exhibition of weapons, stunts like standing straight on two horses, etc takes place. Also, Poetry Competitions, Religious Conferences and Kirtan take place in this three-day-long Festival.
• History of Hola Mohalla.
The Tenth Guru of Sikhs- Shri Guru Gobind Singh Ji started the Festival of Hola Mohalla. Originally, the idea to celebrate this festival was originated in 1680. It was first celebrated on February 22, 1701 (Chet Vadi 1, 1757). The Guru Sahib ordered the Sikhs to display and practice martial art in the field. Also, encouraged them to fight battles against Mughals and Hill Rajputs.
• Celebration of Hola Mohalla.
In this three-day-long Festival, activities like Mock fights, Military exercises, drills, martial arts parades conducted by standard-bearers, and war drums. Playing Gatka, Bareback horse-riding, an exhibition of weapons, stunts like horsemanship, standing straight on two horses, tent pegging, and other war sports. During the Procession, the Singhs Carry ‘Sword’ with them. Poetry Competition, Kirtans, and Religious Conferences are held in Anandpur Sahib. The Procession starts from the Takht Shri Keshgarh Sahib and reaches different gurudwara such as Qila Anandgarh, Lohgarh Sahib, and Mata Jitoji. Langar is also arranged for the visitors. Gulaal and various other colors are splashed on the audience during the procession.
• Nihang Sikhs during Hola Mohalla.
Guru Gobind Singh Ji referred to ‘Laadli Fauj’ or ‘Beloved Army’ to Nihang Sikhs. The Nihang Sikhs wear Dark blue Clothes, ties traditional, and covered themselves with heavy weapons like daggers, swords, spears, pistols, shotguns, and rifles. Nihangs splash Gulaal on the spectators and at each other. The Nihang Sikhs display their military skills and other war sports on the field. The Nihangs held a procession on Elephants and Horses. Also, the weaponry activities take place. So, this way Nihang Sikhs Celebrate ‘Hola Mohalla’.
• Celebration of Hola Mohalla on Farmers’ Protest.
On the eve of Holika Dahan, farmers burnt the copies of three black farm laws and also celebrated Hola Mohalla on the Borders of Delhi. Especially on Singhu Border. Here are the Pics.
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So, this year Hola Mohalla started on March 29, 2021, and will end on March 31, 2021. That was all about the information we want to share with you. See our website for more such content. Also, Don’t forget to connect with us on Social Media to stay updated with the latest trends and infotainments.
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