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03/18/2014 07:37 pm ET Updated Mar 18, 2014

Hola Mohalla 2014: Sikhs Celebrate A Festive Holiday (PHOTOS)

Hola Mohalla is a three day Sikh festival during which Nihang Sikh "warriors" perform Gatka (mock encounters with real weapons), tent pegging and bareback horse-riding. It usually falls in March following the Hindu festival of Holi, according to photographer Narinder Nanu.

The festival includes feats of bravery, community meals called Langars, processions, religious lectures, and poetry competitions, according to SikhNet.

See photos of the celebration here:

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    Sikh youths demonstrate Gatka martial arts skills during a procession to mark 'Hola Mohalla' at the Golden Temple in Amritsar on March 17, 2014.
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    An Indian Sikh devotee takes a dip in the holy sarover (water pool) while observing 'Hola Mohalla' at the Golden Temple in Amritsar on March 17, 2014.
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    An Indian Sikh devotee releases a paper lantern into the sky during a celebration near the Palki Sahib, which carries the Sikh holy books, to mark the Hola Mohalla festival at the Golden Temple in Amritsar on March 17, 2014.
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    Indian Sikh devotees spray perfume on the Palki Sahib, which carries the Sikh holy books, to mark the Hola Mohalla festival at the Golden Temple in Amritsar on March 17, 2014.
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    Indian Sikh holy men, known as Punj Pyara, hold swords as they take part in a procession to mark 'Hola Mohalla' at the Golden Temple in Amritsar on March 17, 2014.
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    Indian Sikh devotees gather after spraying perfume on the Palki Sahib, which carries the Sikh holy books, to mark the Hola Mohalla festival at the Golden Temple in Amritsar on March 17, 2014.
  • NARINDER NANU/AFP/Getty Images
    Indian Sikh devotees spray perfume on the Palki Sahib, which carries the Sikh holy books, to mark the Hola Mohalla festival at the Golden Temple in Amritsar on March 17, 2014.
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    Indian Sikhs ride on top of a bus to Anandpur Sahib for the forthcoming Hola Mohalla festival in Amritsar on March 14, 2014. Thousands of Sikh devotees are heading for the Hola Mohalla festival at The Gurudwara Keshgarh Sahib in Anandpur which falls on March 17.

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