Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal on Monday underlined the importance of the annual ‘Phool Walon ki Sair’ festival to mark communal harmony and sounded a note of caution against the “hatred spreading across society”.
“Festivals like Phool Walon ki Sair are very relevant in the present scenario, when there is an attempt to create an atmosphere of hatred in our society. It is great that the festival spreads the message of love, peace and harmony; we need to spread the message to each and every citizen. The culture of celebrating festivals of all religions must be adopted by everyone in the society,” said Kejriwal. Earlier this month, while condemning the killing of a man over rumours of beef consumption in Dadri, Kejriwal had said society was being poisoned on the pretext of religious issues.
Meanwhile, Lieutenant Governor Najeeb Jung, who flagged off the festival at Raj Niwas on Monday, said, “Phool Walon Ki Sair is a symbol of the composite culture of Delhi and the pankhas symbolise national integration and harmony.”
This is a week-long festival, during which Hindus and Muslims together offer the floral chaadar and pankha at the Dargah of Khwaja Bakhtiar ‘Kaaki’ in Mehrauli and floral pankha and chhatra (canopy) at the ancient temple of Devi Yogmaya, also in Mehrauli.
The festival dates back to the Mughal era and was revived by the ‘Anjuman Sair-e-Gul Faroshan’ Society in 1962.