hola-mohalla

 

Hola Mohalla is a three day event, that occurs in March in Anandpur, Punjab, India. Hola Mohalla means a “fake conflict.” It is celebrated by Sikhs around the world & sometimes takes place around the same time as the Hindu festival of Holi. It falls on the second day of the first month of Chett, according to the Sikh calendar. The aim of this festival was to fortify the Sikh community through imitative fights. Therefore, martial arts are a mark of this event.

 

Some male participants are also known for their robes that are blue, turbans that are large in size, swords, bracelets, & hair that has not been touched. [In 1699, Guru Gobind Singh had ordered that The Khalsa have the last three, a comb, & a cotton undergarment.] The rest of the crowd usually chooses to wear the colours that they think represent esteem & gallantry.

This event is further characterized by many forms of entertainment, including horses. People hear & say religious quotes, as well as eat & drink a variety of items. It is notable that some nearby generously donate items like wheat flour. All are welcome to the gurudwara, a Sikh place of worship, & to help out.

This celebration’s roots lie in standing up for the impoverished, persecuted, & victims of unfairness. Guru Gobind Singh, the tenth Sikh guru, wished that totalitarianism, in general, be disagreed with & his people strongly believe in impartiality. He is the one who started this trend, holding the first such celebration in 1701. 

Another reason for this event is that Guru Gobind Singh felt that the solidarity & unity implemented through Holi was no longer serving their purpose. He therefore began Hola Mohalla which was basically a version of Holi, but it supported the Khalsa beliefs & culture instead.

From a possible total of five, this was once only one of two endorsed holidays of Sikhism. 

Hola Mohalla is an occasion to be enjoyed by all & a reminder to unite, be courageous, & fight for those who are weak. This thus improves society in a favorable way – a nice purpose.