Phool Walon Ki Sair from October 25-27

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New Delhi, Oct 9 (UNI) Phool Walon Ki Sair, a festival symbolising the secular spirit of India, will be held from October 25 to 27 this year.

Phool Walon Ki Sair, the only festival in the country jointly celebrated by both the Hindus and the Muslims, centres around presentation of pankhas by members of different communities at the Dargah of Khwaja Bakhtiar Kaki and temple of Yogmaya Ji.

Held every year since 1961, Phool Walon Ki Sair is organised every year by the Anjuman Sair-e-Gul Faroshan at Mehrauli.

The general secretary of the Anjuman Sair-e-Gul Faroshan Usha Kumar said the first day of the festival this year, a 'chader' made of flowers will be presented at the dargah of Khwaja Bakhtiar Kaki by the citizens of Delhi led by Lt Governor Tejender Khanna.

The festival will conclud on October 27 with 'pankhas' from different states taken out in processions starting from "Jharna" Via Olia Masjid to be offered at both the shrines.

Over 12 states including Tamil Nadu, Karnataka, Haryana, Punjab, Uttar Pradesh, Madhya Pradesh, Jammu and Kashmir and Himachal Pradesh will join the celebrations by sending two pankhas each prepared by master craftsmen accompanied by traditional dances and music of the respective states.

Trophies will be presented for the Best Pankha and cultural troupes to the representatives of the states for the year 2006 by the chief guest.

Phool Walon Ki Sair is being organised in Delhi since days of the Mughals. Its celebration was, however, stopped by the British during the 1942 Quit India Movement in pursuance of their divide and rule policy.

The festival was revived by Pt Jawaharlal Nehru in the year 1961 and since then is organised every year.

UNI

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