Holi in Punjab :
Holi is a very famous festival in various parts of India. It is a festival of colors and celebrated in the spring season. In Punjab, this festival is also known as ‘Hola Mohalla’. Sikhs, the people of Punjab have their own special style to celebrate
this festival. In the day time, they organize a martial art – ‘kushti’ competition and in evening they use to play with colors. It is a tradition to make puri, halwa, gujias, malpuas, etc. which all are mouthwatering Indian food recipes.
At the second day of Holi, Nihang Sikhs celebrates Hola Mohalla. This festival is celebrated at Anandpur Sahib with full enthusiasm and enjoyment. At Anandpur Sahib, Guru Govind Singh who was the tenth and last guru of Sikhs established the pahul (beginning of khalsas) and elected panj-pyare.
Guru Govnd Singh has also trained his followers into the order of warrior-mendicants. This festival is celebrated as counterpart to Holi at Anandpur Sahib and is also full of colors. On this day, Nihangs show their skills of martial arts like sword fencing, archery, tent-pegging, fancy horse riding and so many other skills of offence and defense. They also organize different competitions of martial arts on this day. These acts are very thrilling and adventurous to watch and perform.
In the end of the festival, they arrange a ceremonial parade from Takth Keshgarh Sahib to the township. It is a tradition to wear a long tunic of deep blue color and also hold different types of weapons like bows and arrows, swords, etc in their hands. They also organize a community feast called langar where any person can take food at any time of day.
So, it will be very adventurous for tourists to visit Punjab at the time of Holi festival.