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Phoolwalon Ki Sair

Venue Mehrauli village
How to Reach Take an auto or hire a cab
Timing Once in a year, in the season of monsoon, 5 to 9 P.M

Phoolwalon ki Sair in DelhiPhoolwalon ki Sair is celebrated in the season of monsoon, every year. This starts with a procession led by Shehnai players and dancers. The procession starts from the temple of Jog Maya and passes through the Mehrauli Bazaar to place flower veil on the tomb of Saint Qutab Bakhtiyar Kaki. This is one of the very few festivals in which both Hindus and Muslims participate with equal fervor. This is a three-day festival that is observed by nearly all the inhabitants of Mehrauli and is joined by people from all over Delhi. Floral tributes are offered at both places.

Kathak dances and Qauwwali performances are organized for the audience at both the places. The cultural program takes place at the Jahaz Mahal (ship palace) near Mehrauli Bazaar. The first day procession of fans and flowers mark its end at this place. The next day, another elaborate procession takes shape near the pond and finds its way to the tomb of Khwaza Bakhtiyar Kaki. The last day is reserved for other performances such as poetry recitation and Ghazal presentations.

In the sultanate days, the emperors used to visit both the tomb of Khwaza Bakhtiyar and to the Jog Maya Mandir. This was a great act of secularism at that time. The tradition was continued by the common Hindus and Muslims. Poets like Mirza Ghalib promoted this trend through his poetries. Phoolwalon-ki-Sair became an annual celebration and something that the people looked forward to every year in the months following the monsoon. British despised this festival as it brings both the community closer. They discontinued it in the year 1942. Pundit Jawaharlal Nehru, the first Prime Minister of India and a champion of secularism, revived this festival in early sixties.