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.
|Hola Mohalla Procession in Livingston, CA||Interior of Peach Street Gurdwara in Livingston, CA||A Hola Mohalla Float is Ready to Receive the Guru Granth Sahib||An Umbrella Canopy Over the Guru Granth Sahib|
|Ceremonial Opening of Guru Granth Sahib on the Hola Mohalla Float||Reading the Hukam From the Guru Granth Sahib for the Hola Mohalaa Parade||Panj Pyara Salute the Guru Granth Sahib on the Hola Mohalla Float||Devotees Sweep the Street Ahead of the Float Carrying the Guru Granth Sahib|
|Sikh Devotees March Along Side the Float Bearing Guru Granth Sahib||A Procession Follows Guru Granth Sahib in the Hola Mohalla Parade||Free Offerings Given Along the Hola Mohalla Parade Route||Sikh Devotees March Along the Hola Mohalla Parade Route.|