Hola Mahalla is a Sikh Olympics event that lasts for a week. It consists of camping out and enjoying various displays of fighting prowess and bravery, followed by kirtan, music, and poetry.
The tenth Sikh Guru - Guru Govind Singh who had tried to gather Sikhs for military exercises and mock battles after Holi, started the festival and now an annual feature held at Anandpur Sahib and Kiratpur Sahib in Punjab.
The event concludes with a long, military-style procession near Takht Sri Keshgarh Sahib, one of the five seats of temporal authority of the Sikhs.
The festival also marks the New Year as per lunar Nanakshahi calendar of Sikhs.
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