Phoolwalon Ki Sair
Phoolwalon Ki Sair literally means 'Procession of Flower Sellers'. This festival takes place annualy in the Mehrauli area of Delhi. A procession is taken out by flower sellers. The festival begins with the recital of the shehnai ( an Indian musical instrument ) followed by the procession led by musicains and dancers which winds its way through the flower sellers' promenade of Mehrauli to go to the shrine of Devi Jog Maya and the Dargah of 13th century, Sufi saint, Khwaja Qutub-ud-in Bakhtiyar Kaki, the patron saint of Delhi. Curtains of flowers are laid on the tomb of this Saint. Hailed as a secular festival promoting communal harmony, this is celebrated by Muslims and Hindus alike. A three day festival, expect to see kathak dance recitals, qawwalis, acrobats and other forms of entertainment. The whole area is bathed in light and gaudily decorated. Huge fans( pankhas) made of palm leaf and decorated with tinsel and flowers are also taken out in the procession and offered at the temple and shrine along with floral offerings.