Author: Abhishek Singh

Hola Mohalla

“Hola Mohalla” is an annual festival of Sikhs celebrated at the city of Ananadpur Sahib in Rupnagar (Ropar) district of Punjab province of western India. Hola Mohalla is celebrated on the second day of Chett month, which is the first month of Nanakshahi calendar, a lunar calendar of Sikhism. The festivities of Hola Mohalla coincide with holi in March or may fall on the next day of holi. It is grand festival marking the reverence of Sikh gurus and displaying athletic and warrior skills of the Sikh community. The festival of Hola Mohalla holds much significance for not only Indian Sikhs but also for Sikhs throughout the world. Government of India has accorded Hola Mohalla, the status of a National festival. Hola Mohalla 2019 Hola Mohalla 2019 commences on Friday, 22nd March 2019, on the next day of Holi and concludes on Sunday, 24th March 2019. Meaning of “Hola Mohalla” The word “Hola” is a masculine form of feminine sounding “Holi” and is more likely to have evolved from word “halla” which implies a military charge. “Mohalla” is derived from an Arabic word mahalla, implying a colony, in this case an army procession. Thus, when combined together, the words “Hola Mohalla” mean “the charge of an army.” When is Hola Mohalla Celebrated? The dates of Hola Mohalla celebrations are based on the traditional lunar calendar of Sikhism, known as...

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Id-ul-Zuha (Bakrid or Eid-Ul-Adha)

Eid-ul-Adha also known as Id-ul-Zuha, Bakrid or Eid-al-Adha is an Islamic festival celebrated by Muslims all over the world. It is celebrated to commemorate the sacrificial will of Prophet Abraham, on the command of God (Allah). Former was readily willing to sacrifice his own son on latter’s command; though, god intervened in the last moment to save Abraham’s son Ishmael (Isaac – in Bible) from being sacrificed. Eid-al-Adha is also called the “Greater Eid” as it the most significant of two Eid festivals, other being Eid-ul-Fitr. The celebrations also mark the end of annual Hajj pilgrimage to the holy town of Mecca. The festivities range from two to three days and are marked with get together, feasting, charity and gift giving. Eid-al-Adha 2019 Eid-al-Adha in 2019 will be celebrated on Monday, 12th August 2019. Though, the exact date of observance may vary from country to country, depending on the sighting of moon. When is Eid-al-Adha Celebrated? The festival of Eid-al-Adha is celebrated based on the Islamic Hijri Calendar. It is lunar calendar consisting of 12 lunar months. Eid-al-Adha is celebrated on the 10th day of 12th and last month of “Dhu-al-Hijjah” or Zulhijja. The date of the celebration of Eid-al-Adha may vary from country to country depending on the sighting of the moon. Eid-al-Adha Meaning In Arabic “Eid” refers to a holiday and “Adha” is a reference to sacrifice....

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Sodal Mela

“Baba Sodal Mela” is a religious fare held annually in the Jalandhar city of Punjab state in western India. It is held in reverence to Baba Sodal, a local deity. The venue of the fair surrounds Baba Sodal Samadhi (tomb). The fair is usually a single day affair held in the month of Bhadon, the sixth month of Punjabi calendar. Baba Sodal Mela has gained much popularity over years and today it has become a major festival of Punjab, visited by devotees from throughout India as well as from abroad. Sodal Mela 2019 Baba Sodal Mela 2019 will be started on 12th September, Thursday. When is Sodal Mela Celebrated? Baba Sodal Mela is celebrated on the 14th day of Shukla Paksha in the month of Bhadon. The festival usually falls in the Gregorian calendar month of September. Sodal Mela Story The legend has it that Baba Sodal was a very playful child. One day despite his mother’s repeated instructions to not to do so, he followed her to the nearby pond, where she would go for washing clothes and to meet other domestic requirements. When the mother started bathing in the pond, her son started playing by throwing mud at her. The mother got angry and in a fit of anger asked her son to jump in the pond; though, she didn’t mean it literally. Nevertheless, the boy jumped in...

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Guru Ram Das Jayanti

Guru Ram Das Jayanti is celebrated annually by the Indian Sikh community to commemorate the birth of Sikhism’s fourth Guru – Guru Ram Das Ji (24th September 1534 – 1st September 1581). He is revered for his contributions to the Sikh community and is also credited with founding the Sikh’s holiest city – Amritsar. Guru Ram Das was born in a poor Hindu family in Lahore on 24th September 1534; however, his birthday is celebrated on 9th October, based on the Nanakshahi calendar. Guru Ram Das Jayanti 2019 The 485th birthday of Guru Ramdas Ji was celebrated on Wednesday, 9th October 2019. In the state of Punjab and Haryana the festival is called “Gurupurab”. Gurupurab was celebrated with religious fervor in the entire state especially in Amritsar. The arrangements were made by Shiromani Gurudwara Prabhandak Committee which had displayed a Jalau at Akal Takht and at Gurudwara Baba Atal Rai Sahib. Students of several colleges performed kirtans and organized langar (community lunch) for people from all the religions. Recital of Gurubani was a common event during the Guru Ramdas Ji Birthday celebrations. When is Guru Ram Das Jayanti Celebrated? The birthday of Guru Ram Das is observed based on the traditional Sikh calendar, known as the Nanakshahi calendar. It falls on 25th day of the Assu (15th September to 14th October as per Gregorian calendar) month, which is the...

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Guru Nanak Jayanti

Guru Nanak Jayanti, also called Guru Nanak Gurpurab or Guru Nanak’s Prakash Utsav is a major Sikh festival, commemorating the birth of Sikhism’s first Guru – Guru Nanak Dev Ji (15th April 1469 to 22nd September 1539). It is the most significant festival for the Sikh community and is celebrated with extreme devotion and reverence. The festival is celebrated on Kartik Poornima (full moon day in Kartik month), falling in the Gregorian months of October-November. Guru Nanak Jayanti 2019 The year 2019 will mark the 550th birth anniversary of Guru Nanak Dev and will be observed on Tuesday, 12th November 2019. When is Guru Nanak Jayanti Celebrated? Guru Nanak Gurpurab is celebrated on Kartik Puranmashi – full moon day in the Hindu calendar month of Kartik. The festival falls in Katak month, the eighth month of Nanakshahi Calendar and corresponds to Gregorian calendar months of October-November. There is a little controversy related to the birth of Guru Nanak, as some believe that he was born on Vaisakhi, marking the beginning of a new year as per traditional Sikh calendar. However, as per one of Guru Nanak’s childhood friend Bhai Bala’s account, he was born on Puranmashi in the Hindu Lunar month of Kartik. This claim has been widely accepted and Guru Nanak Gurpurab is celebrated on Puranmashi (full moon) in Kartik month; though, many religious clerics still believe that...

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