The Phool Walon Ki Sair (festival of flower sellers) will be held from October 25 to November 3. Organised every year by the Anjuman Sair-e-Gul Faroshan,the festival is seen as an example of the composite culture of Delhi and is celebrated by both Hindus and Muslims.
Every year,after the monsoon has washed away the heat and dust of the summer,a procession,led by shehnai players and dancers,presents floral pankhas (fans) at the ancient shrine of Yog Maya before making its way through the Mehrauli bazaar to place curtains made of flowers on the tomb of Saint Qutubuddin Bakhtiyar Kaki.
This year,the festival will start with a shehnai recital at the residence of L-G Tejendra Khanna on October 25. Members of both Hindu and Muslim communities will jointly present him a floral pankha. Similar floral fans will be presented to the Chief Minister,the Chief Secretary and the City Police Commissioner, Anjuman Sair-e-Gul Faroshan general secretary Usha Kumar said.
A shehnai recital will also be held at the Delhi Police Headquarters.
A procession for communal harmony will be taken out from India Gate on October 30. Another one will be taken out from the Gauri Shankar temple in Chandni Chowk to the mosque near Town Hall.
On November 1,L-G Tejendra Khanna will lead citizens in offering a floral chaddar at the dargah of Kwaja Qutubuddin Bakhtiyar Kaki in Mehrauli.
On November 2,a chhatra (umbrella) and a pankha will be offered at the shrine of Yog Maya and this will be followed a cultural programme.
A qawwali session and a fireworks display will be held at the Jahaz Mahal on the final day of the festival,the organisers said.