Phoolwalon Ki Sair


Phoolwalon ki Sair is one of the most favorite festivals in Delhi. It is organized by the flower vendors of the national capital every year. The festival draws a considerable number of tourists and is a major tourist draw.

About Phoolwalon Ki Sair

Phoolwalon ki Sair is observed for 3 Days and it is normally organized in the month of September. This marks the end of monsoon in Mehrauli, Delhi. Phoolwalon ki Sair is an instance of the blended culture and tradition of Delhi which has strengthened an ambience of communal harmony. This is very much evident as the festival is observed by both Muslims and Hindus similarly.

Phoolwalon ki Sair is a secular carnival and entails a parade, headed by Dancers and Shehnai Players and carrying pankha or big fans made of flower to Devi Jog Maya shrine or Yogmaya Temple and moves towards Mehrauli Market to arrive at Khwaja Bakhtiyar Kaki’s Dargah established in the 13th century.

This festival is also named as Sair-e-Gul Faroshan and goes on for three days. The flower vendors address the god for a superior flower season next year by gifting pankhas embellished with flowers to both places of worship.

Earlier, the Mughal emperors were the benefactors of this festival. Jawaharlal Nehru, the erstwhile Prime Minister of India, was the principal patron of this festival. In 1962, he had a key role behind the launching and resurgence of this festival. Since that time, every Prime Minister of India has been playing the same role.

Celebration & Attractions Of Phoolwalon Ki Sair

Cultural groups from different parts of India arrive at Delhi to perform dances, songs and plays. This gala is organized at Jahaz Mahal in Mehrauli. The festival is aimed at elevating the sense of communal harmony to national unity. One more custom is to offer a fan made of flowers to The Chief Minister of Delhi, President of India and also The Lieutenant Governor of Delhi.

Inhabitants of Delhi bring flowers from Chandni Chowk to Mehrauli at the Devi Jogmaya temple and Khwaja Bakhtiyar Kaki’s Dargah. The overall distance of the walk or Sair is approximately 32 kilometers. Anybody can understand the spirit of Delhi in this tour of Chandni Chowk to Mehrauli spanning 32 kms. Beside the main road, there are Sarais and Baolis in a disjointed manner, satisfying the thirst of tourists, constructed by emperors and communities. There are Qutub Ki Sarai, Arab Ki Sarai, Yogi Ki Sarai, Parsi Temple Ki Sarai, Badli Ki Sarai, Sheikh Ki Sarai, Katwaria Sarai and so on. There is ubiquitous environment of excitement and gaiety. Performances like Kathak Dances and Qawwalis take place on the roads. Performances are also given by fire dancers on the roads throughout the parade and offer an additional spiritual attraction to the events.

As it moved through the lanes of Mehrauli where the courts of the Mughal Empire were moved after the end of monsoon, Akbar Shah II, the famous Mughal Emperor, took pleasure in watching the parade from the veranda of Zafar Mahal located in Mehrauli as the parade went in the direction of Yogmaya Temple and Khwaja Bakhtiyar Kaki’s Dargah.

Phoolwalon ki Sair has become one of the most popular festivals of India since Pandit Jawaharlal Nehru took initiatives to develop it. Currently, the host of this annual festival is Anjuman Sair-e-Gul Faroshan, an organization licensed under the Societies Registration Act.

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