Hola Mohalla also called Hola, is a one-day Sikh festival which most often falls in March and takes place on the second day of the lunar month of Chett, a day after the Hindu spring festival Holi. Hola Mohalla is a big festive event for Sikhs around the world and also marks the beginning of the Sikh New Year.
"Hola is derived from the word halla (a military charge) and the term mohalla stands for an organized procession or an army column. The words 'Hola Mohalla' would thus stand for 'the charge of an army.'" Hola is a Sanskrit word meant to be distinguished from Holi, the Hindu spring festival of colors (Holi) which takes place the day before Hola Mohalla.
The fair held during Holi and Hola at Anandpur Sahib is traditionally a three day event but participants attend Anandpur Sahib for a week, camping out and enjoying various displays of fighting prowess and bravery, and listening to kirtan, music, and poetry. For meals, been served at Langar, which is an integral part of the Sikh institution (Gurdwara), visitors sit together in Pangats(Queues) and eat vegetarian food of the Langars. The event concludes on the day of Hola Mohalla with a long, military-style procession near Takht Sri Keshgarh Sahib, one of the five seats of temporal authority of the Sikhs.
P.S. I was damn EXCITED to attend it, personally this year. But, destiny plays its role. Hopefully, next year I will be able to attend it. [ detailed blog soon...]
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