Friday, March 10, 2017

What is Holla Mohalla?

Holla means military charge, and Mohalla means procession. Holla Mohalla is a 3 day festival held at Holgarh fort in Anandpur Sahib (and Gurdwaras across the world). This year it falls March 10-12. This is a festival started by Guru Gobind Singh Ji in 1700 for Sikhs to gather and reaffirm their commitment to the Khalsa. This was around one year after Guru Ji initially created the Khalsa, and a time during which Aurangzeb was ruling. Holla Mohalla is celebrated the day after Holi. 

Now every year Sikhs gather to have mock battles, do gatka, horse riding, and practice military exercise, in addition to doing kirtan and having music/poetry competitions. Holla Mohalla is a reminder to us of our responsibility to always fight against injustice, and of our strength as a community. The Akhand Paath for Holla Mohalla will be on the weekend of the 17th at our Gurdwara Sahib. 

Upcoming events
March 14 New Years
April 14 Vaisakhi
Surrey Naam Simran event at Guru Nanak Sikh Gurdwara: Apr 14th: 9:00AM – 9:00PM; Apr 15th: 9:00AM – 9:00PM; Apr 16th: 11:00AM – 2:00PM
April 15 Vancouver Vaisakhi Nagar Kirtan
April 22 Surrey Vaisakhi Nagar Kirtan
May 20 Prince George Vaisakhi Nagar Kirtan!!! 

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