Hola Mahalla, the flagship Sikh festival held in Anandpur Sahib in Punjab is the event that witnesses the largest gathering of Sikhs, a very impressive and colourful procession of Nihangs, in their traditional attire displaying their skill in the use of arms, horse riding, and other war-like sports.
Apart from an incredible display of Weaponry, Archery and Wrestling, Hola Mahalla is also known for Music, Poetry, Prayers, Singing and Chanting. An Important Part of the festival is the Langar (Community Food) that Is served to the pilgrims irrespective of their caste or creed.
Taking the adventure a notch higher this time, SGPC has arranged free insurance scheme for devotees in the condition of any casualty around the 20 km of Gurdwaras. Not just that, after a long time, this holy event is going to be beggar-free as volunteers have been assigned to keep the beggars away from the fair.
The three-day celebrations of Hola Mahalla coincide with the Hindu festival of Holi. The holy city of Anandpur Sahib is one of the most sacred places in Sikhism, being the place where the last two Sikh Gurus lived and where Guru Gobind Singh founded the Khalsa Panth in 1699.