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Hola Mohalla, Festival of War

Hola Mohalla or simply Hola, Festival of War, a Sikh event, which takes place on the first of the lunar month of Chet, which usually falls in March. The event was originated by Guru Gobind Singh, the tenth Sikh Guru. With shining swords, long spears, conical turbans and twirled-up moustaches, Nihangs gallop past on frothing horses, raising clouds of dust, as they celebrate Hola Mohalla. Coinciding with Holi, the festival of colour, it reminds the people about the tradition of meaningful festivity, and displays the heroic courage inculcated in the Sikh community by Guru Gobind Singh, who took to armed struggle against tyranny.



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