This weekend we celebrated Holi and Hola Mohalla both on campus and in Anandpur Sahib. Hola Mohalla is a tradition established by Guru Gobind Singh that comes one day after the Hindu festival of Holi. During Holi, people playfully sprinkle coloured powder on each other; during Hola Mohalla, Sikhs display their martial prowess, parading down the street participating in Gatka battles or riding on horseback or even on elephant.
The grade 6 to 9 students stayed on campus for the weekend and had a great time. They went to see a movie on Sunday afternoon, celebrated Holi by throwing coloured powder on each other, and had separate girls and boys activities, with the boys cooking a delicious meal for all those on campus.
The grade 10 to 12 students traveled to Anandpur Sahib, the site of the first Hola Mohalla, to participate in the celebrations. We are fortunate that we are able to participate in the day’s activities with the Nihangs of Harian Vela. Their leader, Baba Nihal Singh, was a great friend of Yogi Bhajan’s; but he was unfortunately unable to attend this year’s festivities. The students did a great job at Anandpur Sahib, sparring with each other and the Nihangs. They kept their alertness and spirit up throughout the day, keeping up, smiling and playing gatka as they ran to keep up with the parade and stay together as a group.
Intermediates Celebrating Holi at MPA
Senior Students Celebrating Hola Mohalla in Anandpur Sahib
Walking and sparring on the streets of Anandpur Sahib