SIKH FESTIVAL OF HOLLA MOHALLA BRINGS LIVINGSTON TOGETHER ON HOLIDAY – A MOMENT TO UNDERSTAND OTHERS

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LIVINGSTON, CA – This year’s annual Holla Mohalla festival in Livingston was a great success and the organizers would really like to thank all the volunteers who helped and are grateful to all who participated. “We want to help people understand who Sikhs are and what Sikhism religion is all about,” said Balwinder Singh. “We also made informational sheets on Sikhism and handed them out at to attendees from several booths.”

Since the rise of Islamic extremists, many other religions and their people have come under attack simply because of their close resemblance to those of the extreme Muslim faith. “Unfortunately, there are many who do not understand the difference between our religion and others'” said Balwinder. “The festival is a great way for us to educate our fellow American’s about who we really are and it was nice to see many of the world’s great religions in attendance and in support. We thank you.”

The Sikh festival of Holla Mohalla is commemorated on the first day of the lunar month of Chet in the Nanakshahi calendar. This date usually falls in the month of March according to the Gregorian calendar. This lively and colorful festival is associated with displays of mock fights, weapons, exhibitions, kirtan, and music and poetry competitions. Though the festival is celebrate largely throughout Punjab and Haryana, the major attractions are those held in Anandpur from where this festival is said to have originated. The tradition of observing was started by the tenth Sikh Guru, Guru Gobind Singh. Scroll through the lines below to know more about the origin and historical background of Hola Mohalla. Read more at http://festivals.iloveindia.com/holla-mohalla/holla-mohalla-history.html#BtufXucqvBlwIRAP.99

Photos courtesy of Baldwinder Singh

 

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