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Hola Mohalla, Sikh Martial Arts Parade and Gatka Exhibition Gallery

The Sikh Holiday of Hola Mohalla

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The holiday of Hola Mohalla is an annual martial arts festival and parade featuring sword dancing exhibitions, known as Gatka, in Sikhism. The Guru Granth Sahib, Sikhism's Holy Scripture, is ceremonial placed upon a float and paraded through town. Five Sikh leaders known as the Panj Pyara walk at the head of Guru Granth Sahib. Other floats follow along behind. The Sikh congregation walks along side or rides on floats singing hymns, known as Kirtan, during the procession. A Gatka troupe puts on demonstrations and displays featuring Sikh martial art exhibitions for onlookers.

Guru Gobind Singh instituted the week long Hola Mohalla exhibition as an alternative for Sikhs to Holi, the Hindu Festival of Colors, a rowdy licentious celebration marking the end of winter. Hola Mohalla begins in mid March on the first day of the month of Chet, Sikhism's New Year.

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Peach Street Gurdwara in Livingston, CAHola Mohalla Procession in Livingston, CAPeach Street Gurdwara InteriorInterior of Peach Street Gurdwara in Livingston, CAHola Mohalla Float Awaiting the Guru Granth SahibA Hola Mohalla Float is Ready to Receive the Guru Granth SahibAn Umbrella Provides a Canopy for the Guru Granth Sahib An Umbrella Canopy Over the Guru Granth Sahib
Ceremonial Opening of the Guru Granth SahibCeremonial Opening of Guru Granth Sahib on the Hola Mohalla FloatOpening the Guru Granth Sahib for a Random Reading of the Sikh ScriptureReading the Hukam From the Guru Granth Sahib for the Hola Mohalaa ParadeThe Panj Pyara Salute the Guru Granth SahibPanj Pyara Salute the Guru Granth Sahib on the Hola Mohalla FloatDevotes Sweep the Street Ahead of the Guru Granth SahibDevotees Sweep the Street Ahead of the Float Carrying the Guru Granth Sahib
Devotees Walk With the Guru Granth Sahib Sikh Devotees March Along Side the Float Bearing Guru Granth SahibProcession of Devotees in the Hola Mohalla ParadeA Procession Follows Guru Granth Sahib in the Hola Mohalla ParadeFree Offereings of Corn and Wheat Flour Given as SevaFree Offerings Given Along the Hola Mohalla Parade RouteHola Mohalla ProcessionSikh Devotees March Along the Hola Mohalla Parade Route.
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