Sair-e-Gulfa Roshan is one of the famous festivals in India. It basically means ‘procession of the florists’. This festival is a three day event which is held annually in the month of September in Mehrauli, Delhi. This festival symbolizes the communal harmony between Hindu’s and Muslim’s in the region.

Phoolwalon Ki Sair (Sair-e-Gulfa Roshan) festival entails a procession which is led by dancers and shehnai players with pankha (large floral fans) to Devi Jog Maya shrine known as Yogmaya temple and goes through Mehrauli bazaar to arrive at Khwaja Bakhtiyar Kaki Dargah. The flower sellers in this three day festival offer big fans to both the shrines and pray for the better flower season to come so that their business would flourish. This is a 32 km journey from Chandni Chowk to Mehrauli .

History of Phoolwalon Ki Sair :

Phoolwalon Ki Sair festival originated in 1812 at the time of Akabr Shah II, who was a Mughal King. Akbar Shah II had a son named Mirza Jahangir, who was an uncontrolled youth. Mirza Jahangir once insulted the British Resident Archibald Seton by calling him Loolu. Seton did not make any reaction to this insult maybe because he didn’t understand what does Loolu means. Just after few days of this incidence Mirza Jahangir fired a shot at Seton. Seton somehow managed to escape, but his orderly was killed in this incident. Due to such an act Mirza Jahangir was exiled to Allahabad.

Mirza Jahangir’s mother, Queen Mumtaz Mahal Begum took a vow that she would offer a chadar of flowers at Khwaja Bakhtiar Dargah in Mehrauli, if Mirza Jahangir is released from Allahabad. Mirza Jahangir was released after two years and the Queen offered a chadar of flowers to the Dargah. From then onwards this festival is held annually, when people from different religious backgrounds come together to celebrate this festival and offer pankha to both the shrines.

Phoolwalon Ki Sair (Sair-e-Gulfa Roshan) is truly an amazing festival which unifies people irrespective of their religious backgrounds.

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