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In Sikhism, women & men are equals, but the path of a Nihang is hard for women as society is not yet as progressive as the ideology. However, in 2012, a Texan, Harsangat Raj Kaur, of Persian and Swedish origin, attended her first Hola Mohalla and was the 1st girl to race a horse. She hoped to ride in the procession this year with the Biddichand Dal, but due to concerns for her safety, she was not given a horse but had the honour of leading the procession from atop an elephant.