Holla Mohalla is a Sikh festival celebrated in the month of March, usually after Holi. The word Moholla has been derived from an Arabic word "hal" which means "alighting or descending". Mohalla is a Punjabi word which signifies an organized procession in the form of an army column. Furthermore, Holla Mohalla stands for "mock fight". The festival is marked by Sikhs demonstrating martial arts in the form of simulated battles that are accompanied by war-drums and standard bearers. This annual festival is celebrated with great zeal and gusto in the north-eastern region of Punjab in Anandpur Sahib and Kiratpur Sahib. The festival of Holla Mohalla does not occur on the same date every year. Read on further to know the date of Holla Mohalla in 2021.
Hola Mohalla 2021
Holla Mohalla, also known as Hola Mohalla, Hola Mahalla or simply Hola, is commemorated on the first day of the lunar month of Chet in the Nanakshahi calendar. The day usually falls in the month of March according to the Gregorian calendar. The festival was started by the tenth Sikh guru, Guru Gobind Singh allowing the Sikhs to practice their military exercises and conduct mock battles. It is observed on the day after Holi and is celebrated across three days. The festival is largely celebrated in Anandpur Sahib and Kiratpur Sahib towns in north-eastern Punjab.
The first mock fight took place in February 1701 in Anandpur Sahib town. Since then, the festival is celebrated with grand splendor and grandeur displaying mock battles, weapons and kirtans. This three-day festival also includes exhibitions, music and poetry competitions. People are seen performing dangerous and daring feats, such as Gatka, tent pegging, bareback horse-riding, and several other acts of bravery. Thousands of people visit Gurdwaras at Anandpur Sahib to participate in prayers and witness the festivities. Holla Mohalla is a reminder that enjoyment of life should go hand in hand with the responsibilities to society and constant effort to improve oneself and contribute to helping others and bettering life for others.
Holla Mohalla 2021: Monday Mar 29.