New Delhi, Oct 27 (UNI) Festivities of the annual historic 'Phool Walon Ki Sair' signifing communal harmony and national integration, were kicked off with commencement of the traditional 'Sair-e-Gul Faroshan' at Raj Niwas here today.
'Sair-e-Gul Faroshan' was marked by 'Shehnai' recital and presentation of an embroidered 'Pankha' by 'Anjuman Sair-e-Gul Faroshan' to Lt Governor B L Joshi and his wife. The 'Pankha' served as an invite to 'Phool Walon Ki Sair'.
The festival signifies communal harmony and national integration, and such sentiments of solidarity were essential for country's progress march, Mr Joshi said.
A traditional 'Pankha' was also presented to Delhi Chief Minister Sheila Dikshit in a function at Delhi Secretariat.
Ms Dikshit has said 'Phool Walon Ki Sair' was symbol of composite culture of Delhi.
A 'Pankha' was also presented to Delhi Mayor Farhad Suri and Delhi Chief Secretary R Narayanswamy.
The eight-day festival of religious and communal harmony and national integration was started during the reign of Mughal Emperor Akbar Shah-II (1808-1837). It was discontinued in 1942 but was revived by then Prime Minister Jawaharlal Nehru in 1961.
The LG would place a traditional floral 'chadar' at the Dargah of Sufi Saint Khawaja Qutubdin Bhaktiar Kaki, Mehrauli, on November 2.
Floral offerings would made at the nearby Yogmaya temple the following day by people cutting across religious barriers.
A number of states would be sending their attractive 'Pankhas' in the three-day festival of Hindu-Muslim brotherhood, which enriched value of unity and secularism.
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