We’re kicking off the Sikh Cycling Club for Hola Mohalla!

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Sikh on horseback during a Hola Mohalla festival. Photo:Reuters/Kamal Kishore. Source: sikhiwiki.
Sikh on horseback during a Hola Mohalla festival. Photo:Reuters/Kamal Kishore. Source: sikhiwiki.

Hola Mohalla is the traditional Sikh festival in late March ahead of Vaisakhi, the largest Sikh celebration on the calendar. Established by Guru Gobind Singh in the 18th century, Hola follows the Indian celebration of Holi — renown as the festival of colors.

In 1701, Guru Gobind Singh, the tenth Guru of the Sikhs, invited followers to come to Anandpur Sahib after the celebration of Holi to engage in mock battles, exhibitions of military skill, and various athletic feats. The tradition has carried on until this day.

Hola Mohalla provides a timely occasion for the Sikh Cycling Club to organize our inaugural club ride. We’ve spent the last few months organizing our group virtually and while a handful of us have cycled together, we haven’t gotten together as a new club. Those of us who can are going to do that this month to engage in our own athletic feat, a 51-mile ride around Fremont, CA that starts and finishes at the Fremont Gurdwara on March 27.

We’ll take all the recommended COVID precautions, and when things open up further, we look forward to being able travel and riding together at locations where our members are located in North America.

You can find out more about our Hola Mohalla ride at the Sikh Cycling Club page on Strava. You can read more about the history of Hola Mohalla here.

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