Hola Mohalla festival 2024

Hola Mohalla is a three day long annual festival of Sikh, celebrated at the Anandpur Sahib (City of Bliss) Gurudwara, in the state of Punjab. The festival dates back to the 18th century, when the last of the 10th Sikh gurus guru Gobind Singh created an occasion for Sikhs to show off their martial arts skills and host mock battles. Hola Mohalla is a big festive event for Sikhs around the world.
The festivities of Hola Mohalla begin by visiting the gurudwaras for early morning prayers. Durbars are held and the Guru Granth Sahib is read. Kirtans and religious lectures are carried out and after the religious ceremonies are over, the ‘prasad’ is distributed among the people.
The evening is filled with a lot of anticipation and thrill, as martial members of the Sikh community (Nihang Sikhs) display their physical strength through daring acts like mock-battles (Gatka), sword-fighting displays, archery and exercising on speeding horses. The Nihang are the members of the khalsa army known for their distinctive blue traditional robes and dumala, which are often embellished. They are prominent at the Hola Mahalla festival.
They also splatter colours on the audience. According to Guru Gobind Singh's court poet Bhai Nand Lal colours, rose water, amber, musk and saffron-coloured water were thrown by the participants after completion of the mock battles.
The festival is continue for three days with cultural activities including music, dance, poetry programs and competitions to unwind the charged up atmosphere. A procession is set out on the last day of the festival and the Panj Pyaras walk in front crossing all the major gurudwaras in that area.
Hola Mohalla festival is the time to celebrate and dedicate oneself into community service. "Langars" are organised, and local people come forward to help by arranging the raw materials for the langar, cleaning the gurudwaras, and washing the dishes.


Three-day fair at Anandpur Sahib Gurudwara, Punjab.


Monday, 25 March 2024 to Wednesday, 27 March 2024.