Sikhs should display their martial skills to celebrate HOLA MAHLLA not Holi-the festival of fools with dirty chemicals

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Holi —- it’s called a festival of colors but appears to me a festival of fools.

Though this festival is connected to a mythological story of Holika-the sister of king Hirnakashyap who called himself God and wanted the public may worship him, his son Prahlad refused to call him god and was punished by his father. But he was saved by god.

The outcome of story is almighty God is supreme and he only is to be worshipped.

On this day people throw colors on each other to celebrate this day with joy but the adultrated colors (rich with chemicals) which harm the skin of humans are sold in market. People also use filthy objects like mud on passerby, some time they pelt stones on passing vehicles and brake their windscreens or window panes.

Then what is the use of celebrating such ugly festival when lumpen youth try to molest girls in streets in the name of holi? In this attached picture i see Sikh youths also participating in molestation, their duty is to save the girl from lumpen and help her but sorry to say — they are proved blackspot on community. Their act is shameful, against their character and preaching of their guru.

I request you with folded hands to Sikh youths, please do not be part of this ugly festival instead they should celebrate the day according orders of HOLA MAHALLA. that will adorn them and suit their personality.

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Hola Mohalla or Hola Mahalla or simply Hola is a Sikh festival by a tradition established by Guru Gobind Singh, follows the Hindu festival of Holi by one day; Hola is the masculine form of the feminine sounding Holi.

The word “Mohalla” is derived from the Arabic root hal (alighting, descending) and is a Punjabi word that implies an organized procession in the form of an army column. But unlike Holi, when people playfully sprinkle colored powder, dry or mixed in water, on each other, the Guru made Hola Mohalla an occasion for the Sikhs to demonstrate their martial skills in simulated battles.

Together the words “Hola Mohalla” stands for “mock fight”. During this festival, processions are organised in the form of army type columns accompanied by war-drums and standard-bearers and proceeding to a given spot or moving in state from one gurdwara to another. The custom originated in the time of Guru Gobind Singh who held the first such mock fight event at Anandpur in February 1701.

The foothills of the Shivaliks in Ropar district of Punjab’s north-eastern region, especially around the historic townships of Anandpur Sahib and Kiratpur Sahib, have, since 1701 been playing host to Hola Mohalla. The military exercise, which was personally supervised by the guru.

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This annual festival held at Anandpur Sahib in Punjab and now replicated at other Gurdwaras worldwide was started by the tenth Sikh Guru, as a gathering of Sikhs for military exercises and mock battles on the day following the festival of Holi at Anandpur Sahib. It reminds the people of valour and defence preparedness, concepts dear to the Tenth Guru who was at that time defending the Sikhs from the attacks of the Mughal empire and the hill kings.

This custom originated in the time of Guru Gobind Singh (1666-1708) who held the first march at Anandpur on Chet vadi 1, 1757 Bk (22nd February, 1701). Unlike Holi, when people playfully sprinkle colored powders, dry or mixed in water, on each other the Guru made Hola Mahalla an occasion for the Sikhs to demonstrate their martial skills in simulated battles. This was probably done forestalling a grimmer struggle against the imperial power following the battle of Ninnohgarh in 1700. Holla Mahalla became an annual event held in an open ground near Holgarh, a Fort across the rivulet Charan Ganga, northwest of Anandpur sahib.

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Holla Mahalla festival:
Having been the abode of the last two human Gurus of the Sikhs for for more than 20 years, Anandpur Sahib was witness to many momentous events of Sikh history, including the Hola Mahalla festival, which is an annual feature. The festival has now lost much of its original military significance, but Sikhs in large numbers still assemble at Anandpur Sahib on this day and an impressive and colorful procession is taken out in which the Nihangs, in their traditional panoply, form the vanguard while parading their skill in the use of arms, horsemanship, tent-pegging, and other war-like sports.

Source : http://www.sikhiwiki.org/index.php/Hola_Mahalla

Ajmer Singh Randhawa.

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