Hola Mohalla is a popular and the most significant festival of Sikh community, celebrated once a year in the month of March. It begins on the day following the Holi – the vibrant festival of colors and lasts for three days. On this occasion Sikhs perform the ‘Gatka’ (Sikh Martial arts). Sikhs exhibit their skills in martial arts by playing with swords and long spears. Apart from the martial arts, military sports are conducted on this event. ‘Kirtans’ are sung and religious sermons are preached.
Hola Mohalla has been celebrated every year since the 17th century and was initiated by the tenth Sikh guru - Guru Gobind Singh in the year following the formation of the ‘Khalsa’. This festival is celebrated with joy and enthusiasm. This festival also marks the New Year for the Sikh community, according to the lunar ‘Nanakshahi’ (as per the Sikhs calendar). Hola Mohalla is held at Holgarh fort in Anandpur Sahib, Punjab.
If you are in the area, you must witness this interesting and colorful celebration at Anandpur Sahib in the state of Punjab on the day after Holi.