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The Procession of Weapons

The Procession of Weapons

Hola Mohalla is one of the biggest festival celebrated by the Sikh community. It’s a one day Sikh festival which most often falls in March and takes place on the second day of the lunar month of Chett, a day after the Hindu spring festival Holi but sometimes coincides with Holi. Hola Mohalla is a big festive event for Sikhs around the world. The words 'Hola Mohalla' would thus stand for 'the charge of an army. The festival was founded by Guru Gobind Singh, the tenth Sikh Guru. The Guru was in the midst of fighting both Aurangzeb of the Mughal Empire and the Hill Rajputs, and had recently established the Khalsa Panth. On 7 March 1701, Guru Gobind Singh started a new tradition by overseeing a day of mock battles and poetry contests at Lohgarh Fort. The tradition has since spread from the town of Anandpur Sahib to nearby Kiratpur Sahib and the foothills of the Shivaliks, and to other Gurdwaras around the world.Thousands of people gathers around the sunny spring of Haryana and Punjab and the most interesting thing that amazed me was their entire visual. People dressed for war, ready with guns, swords & shields just to pay tribute to the festival. Starting from adult to children everyone is dressed as a fighter. Alongside the festival there is a fair which showcases all the traditional equipments for the festival & there is a huge gathering there. At that moment I decided I want to do a portrait series of the festival. I felt every character has a different look and a story to tell.