Phool Waalon Ki Sair
Anjuman Sair-E-Gul Faroshan
PHOOL WAALON KI SAIR
Ms. Usha Kumar
“Phool Waalon Ki Sair”
It is a week-long festival and unique phenomenon when 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) is offered at the ancient temple of Devi Yogmaya Ji, also, in Mehrauli.
The pankha has become a symbol of communal harmony and national integration.
The Festival is being celebrated since the Mughal period (1812).
Anjuman Sair-e-Gul Faroshan welcomes you all to this Festival.
HOW IT IS CELEBRATED
Phool Waalon Ki Sair, is a traditional festival celebrated in Delhi, India. It is a joyous event that brings together people from different communities to celebrate unity and harmony.The festival dates back to the Mughal era in the early 19th century when it was initiated by Emperor Akbar Shah II. He wanted to promote peace and goodwill among Hindus and Muslims in Delhi. The festival takes place over a week, usually in October.
During Phool Waalon Ki Sair, the flower-sellers of Delhi play a central role. They create beautiful floral decorations, such as fans, shawls, and other symbolic structures. These decorations are carried on the heads of the flower-sellers in a vibrant procession. Accompanied by lively music, dancing, and singing, the flower-sellers parade through the streets of Delhi, starting from the historic neighbourhood of Mehrauli. The procession makes its way to the Dargah (tomb) of Khwaja Bakhtiyar Kaki, a revered Sufi saint in Mehrauli.
At the Dargah, the flower-sellers offer their floral tributes to the shrine of Khwaja Bakhtiyar Kaki as a sign of respect and devotion. The festival continues with cultural performances, including qawwalis (Sufi devotional songs), music, and dance, creating a festive and inclusive atmosphere. Phool Waalon Ki Sair is a celebration of diversity and communal harmony. It represents the rich cultural heritage of Delhi and serves as a reminder of the importance of unity and coexistence among different communities. It is a time when people of all backgrounds come together to enjoy the festivities and appreciate the beauty of flowers and the shared values of love and peace.
Today, Phool Waalon Ki Sair continues to be celebrated, although it may have evolved over time. The festival serves as a symbol of the city’s inclusive spirit and acts as a cultural bridge, fostering understanding and friendship among people of different religions and traditions.
In Phool Waalon Ki Sair, painting competition celebrated where artists showcase their talent in a vibrant display of colors, capturing the beauty of floral landscapes.
PLAYING OF SHEHNAI
Phool Waalon Ki Sair features enchanting performances of shehnai, filling the air with melodious tunes. The mesmerizing sound of the shehnai adds a touch of elegance and joy to the event.
PROCESSION AT INDIA GATE
People carry floral fans to India Gate to celebrate spring and peace. The procession is a highlight of the Phool Walon Ki Sair festival, the pankhaas are made of flowers and decorated with ribbons and beads.
The kabaddi tournament is held as part of the Phool Walon Ki Sair festival. This is a way to promote communal harmony and national integration. The tournament is open to all participants, regardless of their religion or background.
Dangal is a competitive event where participants engage in various challenges, showcasing their skills and talents. It celebrates the spirit of competition and showcases the best performers.
OFFERING FLORAL CHAADAR
Phool Waalon Ki Sair involves the ceremonial offering of a floral chadar, symbolizing reverence and beauty. The act signifies honor and respect to the divine, creating a picturesque and spiritual ambiance.
PROCESSION OF PANKHAAS
Phool Waalon Ki Sair showcases a captivating procession of pankhaas (decorative hand fans) carried with reverence. The colorful pankhaas add a regal touch and create a visually delightful spectacle during the event.
Qawwaali Competition is a lively event where talented qawwaali performers compete, mesmerizing the audience with their soulful singing and rhythmic melodies, creating a vibrant musical atmosphere.
Basant Panchami celebration by carrying a colorful procession of flowers and playing music. The procession is a way to welcome the spring season and to promote communal harmony.
DDA Aam Bagh, Near Shamsi Talaab, Mehrauli.
PLAYING OF SHEHNAI & PRESENTATION OF PANKHA TO THE Lt. GOVERNOR
6,Raj Niwas Marg , the Residence of Lt. Governor
TO THE DIVISIONAL COMMISSIONER
5, Alipur Road
TO C.M. DELHI AND TO THE CHIEF SECRETARY
TO THE COMMISSIONER OF POLICE
Police H.Q. I.P. Estate
India Gate Round about
Chandni Chowk, Gauri Shankar Mandir
D.D.A. Park, Near Shamsi Talab, Aam Bagh
OFFERING OF FLORAL CHAADAR AND PANKHA AT THE TOMB BY CITIZENS OF DELHI LED BY THE Lt.GOVERNOR
Tomb of khwaja Bakhtiar Kaki at Mehrauli
OFFERING OF FLORAL CHAADAR AND PANKHA BY CITIZENS OF DELHI
Temple of Yogmaya ji at Mehrauli
PANKHAAS AND CULTURAL TROUPES OF STATES OF INDIA-05:30 p.m.
PROCESSION OF PANKHAAS – 07:30 p.m.
PRIZE DISTRIBUTION – 07:45 p.m.
QAWWAALI – 08:00 p.m