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Hola Mohalla 2017 at Kiratpur Sahib & Anandpur Sahib, Punjab

The celebration of the colourful festival of India ‘Holi’ is in full swing. In Punjab, it is Hola Mohalla that everyone is talking about. Punjab is all set to celebrate the festival with all its religious method. The preparation for the same has begun in Kiratpur Sahib and Anandpur Sahib, Punjab.

6 days long celebration of ‘Hola Mohalla’ festival has started in Kiratpur. First 3 days celebrations of Hola Mohalla festival will be carried out in Kiratpur Sahib, whereas the last 3 days celebration will be held in Anandpur Sahib.

Details of Hola Mohalla Event

Hola Mohalla Festival, Punjab

Date: 8th-13th March 2017

Days: 6 days

Venue: Kiratpur Sahib & Anandpur Sahib, Punjab

Attraction of the Hola Mohalla Festival

Celebration for Hola Mohalla has started in Gurudwara Patalpuri Sahib with the recitation of Akhand Path and beating of 5 old ‘Nagaras’. Community kitchen has also been set up for Hola Mohalla fest to serve the devotees. ‘Langar’ has been served in the roads as well leading to these 2 towns. Even huge crowd from various parts of India is arriving in the place to be a part of the Hola Mohalla celebration in Punjab.

  • Marshal arts of Punjab
  • Religious programs
  • Langar
  • Cultural activities like music, dance and poetry programs are held.
  • Horse riding by Nihangs.
  • Demonstration of traditional weapons.

And the most of Hola Mohalla festival can only be enjoyed in Anandpur Sahib, as the city has followed the tradition since the time it has been started by Guru Gobind Singh Ji. Thousands of Nihang assemble in Anandpur Sahib to be a part of this Hola Mohalla Fest every year.

As a huge number of devotees are expected to gather in Anandpur Sahib during the fest, Nakkian Toll Plaza has been ordered to not collect the toll just to ensure the smooth traffic movement in the area. No other place than Anandpur Sahib will be better to spend your Hola Mohalla as it will take you to the roots of the festival.

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Langar Week 2016 draws to a close…

As Langar Week 2016 ends, we leave the world with this image of a Young Guru Nanak Dev Ji Maharaj serving the first langar. It was His revolutionary concept that Sikhs still follow, which is why all over the world millions of people eat langar for free, every single day. As revolutionary a concept as it was then as it is now, through Langar Week 2016 we hoped to have helped the practice of langar increase.

Thank you to all those who have helped us encourage people all over the world to take part in Langar Week 2016. If you want more information on a langar organisation anywhere around the world, please get in touch.

 

“Gharib Da Muh – Guru Ki Golak”

“The mouth of the poor is the Guru’s donation box”.

Vaisakhi - Solent TV, crowd pic

Southampton communities turn out for Vaisakhi celebrations – ITV

Sikhs in Southampton are calling for better integration of all religious communities to fight injustice together. They’ve been speaking out as thousands of people descended on the city to celebrate Vaisakhi – the holiest day in the Sikh calendar – as Andrew Pate reports…

See full article and video here – http://www.itv.com/news/meridian/update/2016-04-17/southampton-communities-turn-out-for-vaisakhi-celebrations/

Khalsa Day Parade at Burlington Sikh Temple – Burlington Post

The creation of an order of Sikhism will be celebrated locally next month.

The 7th Annual Khalsa Day Parade is scheduled for Sunday, April 17 at the Burlington Sikh Temple, 2284 Queensway Dr
.

The event is hosted each year to celebrate Vaisakhi as well as the founding of the Sikh community.

The event is from 1:30-4 p.m. with the parade starting at 2 p.m. at the temple and finishing there.

Vegetarian snacks, lunch and dinner will be served at the event. Items will be accepted for the food bank.

Hymns will be sung for peace and harmony for all.

Traditionally a harvest festival, Vaisakhi celebrates the spring day in 1699 when Guru Gobind Singh, the 10th Sikh Guru, created the order of the Khalsa.

The Khalsa is a community of “pure” and devout Sikhs who wear visible symbols of their faith.

“The purpose of the parade is to unite the community to promote peace among persons from all religions, cultures and creeds. There has been much turbulence resulting from different religions and varying degrees of observance throughout the world, which is very unfortunate,” states a press release from the Burlington Sikh Temple.

VIA – http://www.insidehalton.com/news-story/6424973-khalsa-day-parade-at-burlington-sikh-temple/

Slough Nagar Kirtan

Vaisakhi In The Park celebrations announced for Birmingham in 2016 – Birmingham Mail

This year is extra special because it’s the 25th anniversary of the Sikh organisation behind the free event

Vaisakhi is one of the key events on the Sikh calendar.

And you can find out here what exactly that date signifies and why it’s so important.

Birmingham’s sizeable Sikh community means there is a big party in the city each year to mark the religious festival.

CLICK HERE FOR REST OF ARTICLE, INCLUDING VIDEO – http://www.birminghammail.co.uk/whats-on/family-kids-news/vaisakhi-park-celebrations-announced-birmingham-11149250

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When is Vaisakhi and what does it celebrate? – Birmingham Mail

Vaisakhi is an annual celebration of the founding of the Sikh religion as a collective faith.

It’s held on April 13 each year.

The date is the anniversary of the founding of the Khalsa in 1699.

The Khalsa is the name for the Sikh order or community into which all followers of the religion are baptised or initiated.

CLICK LINK TO SEE VIDEO – http://www.birminghammail.co.uk/whats-on/whats-on-news/vaisakhi-what-celebrate-11143133

Vaisakhi - Hounslow Nagar Kirtan by GWL

Watch as thousands join Sikh Vaisaki procession through Hounslow – Get West London

Organisers estimate around 3,000 people took part in the annual parade on Sunday, with even more lining the streets to watch.

Around 3,000 people joined a colourful Sikh procession as it wended its way throughHounslow on Sunday (April 3), organisers have estimated.

Crowds gathered at the side of the street to watch the annual Vaisakhi parade, with the event thought to have attracted a combined total of around 7,000 participants and spectators.

CLICK HERE FOR FULL ARTICLE – http://www.getwestlondon.co.uk/news/west-london-news/watch-thousands-join-sikh-vaisaki-11135605

Vaisakhi Day celebration of Vancouver’s Khalsa Diwan Society on April 16 – Voice Online

VANCOUVER’S Khalsa Diwan Society is holding its annual Vaisakhi Parade this year on Saturday, April 16 and is asking everyone to be a part of the celebration.

The program schedule:

7-9 a.m.: Kirtan (hymn singing)

9-9:30 a.m.: Reception of dignitaries

9:30-10:30 a.m.: Speeches

10:45 a.m.: Ardas

11 a.m.: Departure of Parade from Gurdwara Sahib

4 p.m.: Return to Gurdwara Sahib

The Society said that Vaisakhi it is a very important day for Sikhs and one of the most colourful events in the Sikh calendar. It occurs during mid-April every year and traditionally concurs in Punjab with the first harvesting of the crops for the year. So, historically, it has been a very joyous occasion and a time for celebration. Since 1699, it has marked the very significant religious event of the creation of the Khalsa.

It noted: “The Khalsa Diwan Society is a pioneer Sikh society which took root on July 22, 1902, and was formally established in 1906. In 1908, the Society purchased and built the first Sikh

Gurdwara at 1866 West 2nd Avenue, Vancouver. This Gurdwara served the community until 1970 when the new Ross Street location was opened. The Khalsa Diwan Society has played a major role in social and economic development of the Indo-Canadian community in BC and in raising Sikhi related issues and getting recognition for Sikhs in Canada.”

Telephone: 604-324-2010, Fax: 604-322-0504, E-mail: kdsross@live.com

Via – http://www.voiceonline.com/vaisakhi-day-celebration-of-vancouvers-khalsa-diwan-society-on-april-16/

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10 FACTS You must know about Khalsayee Festival Hola Mohalla – Singh Station

By Gurinder Kaur

 

1. Hola Mohalla is a Sikh festival celebrated in the Bikrami month of Phalgun. It has nothing to do with Holi except that Hola falls on the day next to Holi.

2. The word ‘Hola’ has been derived from halla meaning attack and hence Mohalla for the place of attack – Holgarh in Anandpur Sahib.

3. Hola Mohalla was started by the tenth Sikh Guru, Guru Gobind Singh ji as a gathering of Sikhs for military exercises and mock battles to train the army.

4. It is an occasion for the Sikhs to re-affirm their commitment to Khalsa Panth.

5. The first Hola Mohalla was celebrated in AD 1670 a year after the birth of the Khalsa Panth.

6. The celebrations of Hola Mohalla are still centred at Anandpur Sahib and have a considerable element of the mock battles in the form of Gatka, mock fighting on horseback, dagger play and more demonstrated by the Nihang Singhs who flock to Anandpur Sahib in large numbers.

7. Holla Mohalla is celebrated for three-days that implies an organised procession (Nagar Kirtan) 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.

8. Today Hola Mohalla has grown into a huge fair and attracts people from all over the country and the world to participate or watch this Khalsayee festival.

9. At the Hola Mohalla, one can observe Langar at close quarters from different Sikh congregations welcoming pilgrims and visitors irrespective of their caste, creed or religion.

10. Last but not the least, Holla Mohalla is a sense of liberated living that can be felt in the energetic expressions of Nihangs riding their horses at high speeds, while performing acrobatics on the horse backs.

VIA – http://singhstation.net/2015/03/10-facts-you-must-know-about-khalsayee-festival-hola-mohalla/