Waheguru Ji Ka Khalsa Waheguru Ji Ki Fateh!!
Today is the Sikh Festival of Holla Mohalla. Sarian sangatan nu lakh lakh vadhiyan.Dhan Guru Gobind Singh Sahib Ji.
Guru Sahib’s hukam on this day:-
Holi Kini Sant Sev Rang Laaga Ath Laal Dev
-> I celebrate the festival of Holi by serving the Saints. I am imbued with the deep crimson color of the Lord’s Divine Love.Meaning of “Holla Mohalla”
Holla Mohalla is a three-day festival takes places in March, following from the Hindu festival of Holi. “Mohalla” is a Panjabi word that implies an organised PROCESSION in the form of an army column accompanied by war drums and standard-bearers, and proceeding to a given location or moving in state from one Gurdwara to another.
History of Holla Mohalla
Tyrants were ruling the country and the people were oppressed and enslaved, yet society accepted this and instead played games of throwing and squirting colours at each other and the opposite gender. Guru Sahib told his Sikhs wake up to their responsibility and duty as AKAAL PURAKH KI FAUJ (the Army of the Almighty) to defend the TRUTH and PROTECT society.
In 1700, Guru Gobind Singh Sahib jee held the first procession at Anandpur. Guru Sahib made Holla Mahalla an occasion for the Sikhs to show their MARTIAL SKILLS in mock battles. Holla Mahalla became an annual event held in an open ground near HOLGARH QILA (fort) at Anandpur sahib.
This festival is now replicated in Gurdwara Sahibs throughout the world. The three-day festival includes Keertan Darbaars, talks, exhibitions, tournaments and displays of valour.
( Courtesy:- Harmandeep Singh)