Hola Mohalla Festival at Anandpur Sahib
Hola Mohalla Festival at Anandpur Sahib is one of the main tourist attractions of Anandpur Sahib. In fact second only to the Golden Temple of Amritsar (Harmandir Sahib) in terms of religious importance as well as popularity, Anandpur Sahib becomes joyful and lively every year as the Hola Mohalla Punjabi festival approaches.
Hola Mohalla in Punjab dates back to the days of the first Sikh Guru, Sri Guru Gobind Singh. Hola Mohala festival is actually planned to nurture martial arts among the Punjabi people. If you ask when is Hola Mohalla celebrated the answer is during Holi. In fact Hola Mohalla is the Sikh name of what is known as Holi in the rest of India.
During Hola Mohalla Anandpur Sahib turns into a festive mood and thousands of Sikh devotees gather their for this august ritual. Nihangs from all over India meet here at the Anandpur Sahib for the Hola Mohalla celebrations. The main attraction is the huge Hola Mohalla procession of Nihangs that starts from the Nihangs headquarters located just at the opposite of Gurudwara Anandgarh Sahib. The procession continues through the local market place to reach the Holgarh fort where Guru Gobind Singh had himself began this Hola Mohalla fair. Then the Nihangs march to the sandy bed of Charan Ganga. Martial games like riding, tent pegging, sword wielding and so on are demonstrated there by the Nihangs and crowds gather to watch them in numbers.
When is Hola Mohalla Celebrated
Hola Mohalla is celebrated on the first day of the lunar month of Chet (Chaitra). This usually falls in March. Hola Mohalla 2011 date is 20th March 2011.