Hola Mohalla

Hola Mohalla or Hola is a Sikh festival that falls on the second day of the lunar month of Chett, a day after the Hindu spring festival of Holi. Hola marks the beginning of the Sikh New Year. Hola was founded by the tenth Sikh Guru, Guru Gobind Singh, who established the Khalsa Panth. Guru Gobind Singh started a new tradition of overseeing a day of mock battles and poetry contests, initially at Lohgarh Fort in Rajasthan, India, but has since then, spread to other Gurdwaras (place of worship) around the world. Hola Mohalla builds upon the Holi festival. Guru Gobind Singh added a martial element and created Hola Mohalla to be celebrated a day after the Hindu festival, Holi.