Thousands of Sikhs traveled to Livingston Sunday for the annual Sikh Parade, known in Sikhism as the holiday Hola Mohalla. Hola Mohalla is a martial arts festival and parade that celebrates the Sikh religion.
Mock fighting and sword dancing along with other martial arts are performed along the parade route as a float carrying the Guru Granth Sahib, or Sikhims's Holy Scripture, leads the procession from and back to the temple on Peach Street, stopping at the Guru Nanak Temple on B Street along the way.
As the procession winds its way through town locals congregate on lawns to greet the participants, many with beverages and plates of homemade food.
The traditions of Hola Mohalla, which translates to mock fight, dates back to the 1700s, when Sikhs would march from town to town, demonstrating their fighting skills.
Parades such as the Livingston parade is one of several in Central California that helps Sikhs preserve their traditions while introducing fellow residents to Sikh culture.
-- Lisa James