Chandigarh, March 19: The celebrations for Sikh festival of Hola Mohalla 2019 have begun at Anandpur Sahib in Punjab. Hola Mohalla celebrations commence on the second day of Chett month, which is also the first month of the Nanakshahi calendar. It usually differs from the Hindu festival of Holi by a day. This year, most Gurudwaras will be celebrating Hola Mohalla on March 21, which is also the day of Holi 2019. At Anandpur Sahib, the first phase of Hola Mohalla began on March 16 and ended on March 18. The final celebrations have begun today and will end on March 22, a day after Holi. Hola Mohalla 2019: All About the Festival Celebrated After Holi that Showcases Military Skills of Sikh Warriors.
The Hola Mohalla festival at Anandpur Sahib is celebrated as a display of war skills and might of the Sikh community. It is marked by processions by Sikh warriors at Anandpur Sahib. The Sikh warriors are seen displaying skills of sword fighting, horse riding and martial arts. Hola Mohalla 2019 Playlist: Here Are Songs Showcasing the Martial Skills of Sikh Community.
A flavour of Holi is added to the Hola Mohalla festivities at Anandpur Sahib with Nihangs riding on horseback, spraying gulaal (dry colour) at the audiences. Religious programmes are also organised at the Anandpur Sahib Gurudwara to mark Hola Mohalla celebrations.
The Hola Mohalla festival was founded by Guru Gobind Singh, the tenth guru of Sikhs. On March 7, 1701, Guru Gobind Singh began a new tradition by overseeing a day of mock battles and poetry contests at Lohgarh Fort. Since then, the tradition of celebrating Sikh might spread from the town of Anandpur Sahib to other Gurdwaras.