DELHI:EROS TIMES: The festival of Communal Harmony and Brotherhood–Phool Waalon Ki Sair was today heralded with the playing of Shehnai at Delhi Secretariat and presenting of Floral Pankhas to the Chief Minister of Delhi, Arvind Kejriwal by the organizers of Anjuman Sair-e-Gul Faroshan.
The General Secretary of the organization, Usha Kumar and the key organizers of the Sair presented Floral Pankhas and garlands to Shri Kejriwal.
The organizers also presented Pankhas to the Chief Secretary, Anshu Prakash.
Kejriwal on this occasion, said that “Festivals like Phool Waalon Ki Sair are very relevant in today’s scenario since the people of our country are being divided in the name of religion, caste and creed and seeds of hatred are being sown in the society.
In such an atmosphere the festivals like Phool Waalon Ki Sair play a very important role in bringing people closer to each and promoting peace and love in the society.
The Phool Waalon Ki Sair has been spreading message of love, peace and communal harmony among the people.
The culture of celebrating festivals of all religions with feeling of festivity and joy should be celebrated by all to promote peace and brotherhood in the society, said Kejriwal.
“Phool Waalon Ki Sair” is a 7-day 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) is offered at the ancient temple of Devi Yogmaya in Mehrauli.
The national integration secular festival, Phool Walon Ki Sair is being organized in Delhi Since the days of the Mughals.
Its celebration was however, stopped by the British during Mahatama Gandhi’s ‘Quit India’ movement in 1942 in pursuance of their policy of ‘Divide and Rule’.
The Festival was revived by Pt. Jawahar Lal Nehru in the year 1961 and since then the Festival is being organized every year by Anjuman Sair – E- Gul Faroshan. This was informed by Usha Kumar.