The phool waalon ki sair festival, organised by Anjuman Sair-E-Gul Faroshan, is set to be celebrated from October 14 to October 22. The “national integration secular festival”, celebrated jointly by the Hindu and the Muslim community, had been stopped during the British rule as part of their “Divide and rule” policy. It was later revived by former Prime Minister Jawaharlal Nehru in 1961 and has been held every year since.
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The festival centres around the ritual of offering floral chadar and pankha at the Dargah of Khwaja Bakhtiar Kaaki and offering of floral chhatra and pankha at Yogmaya temple in Mehrauli, by members from both communities.
“This year, the festival is being celebrated from October 14 to October 22,” said Mrs Usha Kumar, General Secretary of Anjuman Sair-E-Gul Faroshan.
The festival will start on October 14 with the start of the mela in the Mehrauli mango orchards. A painting competition has been organised for October 16 at the DDA park in Mehrauli.On October 17, there will be a playing of shehnai at the residence of Lieutenant Governor Najeeb Jung and offering of floral pankha to him by both communities. Pankhas will also be presented to Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal.
There will be a procession near India Gate on October 18. The final events will be held at Jahaaz Mahal in Mehrauli and will also be followed by price distribution ceremony.
The Anjuman Sair-E-Gul Faroshan, the society organising the festival, has been awarded the National Award for Communal Harmony by the government.