Hola Mahalla is a Sikh festival celebrated by the Sikh nation since 1701. Guru Gobind Singh Ji started this festival as a day for Sikhs to practice military exercises , hold mock battles and strenthen common people who were in low spirits at that time. This is celebrated the day after Holi in the month of March.
It was started as a gathering of Sikhs for military exercises and mock battles on the festival of Holi at Anandpur Sahib.
On this occassion , participants perform daring feats, such as Gatka, tent pegging, bareback horse-riding, standing erect on two speeding horses and various other of bravery acts.
Major Attractions of Hola Mohalla –
1. An Engaging Cultural Feast –
Hola Mahalla is full of celebrations that are a spitting image of the Sikh Cultur. The festival incorporates a show of weapons, battle moves, some traditional poetry, music, and much more. During this festival, a number of darbars are also held along with Kirtans and lectures.
2. The Highlights of the Last Day –
The procession begins with Panj Pyaras. Panj Pyare is a collective name given to the five men from the Sikh community.The procession starts from Takht Keshgarh Sahib and then passes through various important gurdwaras like Qila Anandgarh, Lohgarh Sahib, Mata Jitoji, and then, again, finally terminates at the Takht.
3. The Food at Hola Mohalla –
Visitors at Anandpur Sahib are treated with delicious langar , considered an essential part of the Sewa by the Sikhs. To prepare langar , raw materials like wheat flour, rice, sugar , milk, and vegetables provided by the people from nearby villages and towns.
How to reach Anandpur Sahib –
Anandpur Sahib is situated in Punjab. Depending upon your location, you can consider traveling by road , by air or by train. As per your convenience, you can choose to travel either by your own vehicle, bus or cab.