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International Kite Festival
is held at Ahmedabad on January 14 every year, to coincide with the
festival of Uttarayan or Makar Sankranti. Makar Sankranti is a
festival that heralds a change of season marking the movement of the
sun into the northern hemisphere - a celebration to mark the end of
winter. The skies are blue and clear, a cool breeze blows and a
feeling of anticipation, joy and jubilation grips all who celebrate
In Gujarat, Makar Sankranti is celebrated as the kite-flying day.
Kite-flying day in Gujarat is an extraordinary day, unlike at other
places. Ahmedabad, Gujarat's premier city, leads the way in the
celebration of Uttarayani, and is the venue of the International Kite
Kite-flying festival is being held in important cities of Gujarat each
year. The festival draws expert kite-makers and flyers not only from
cities of India but also from around the world. Designer's Kites of
infinite variety are displayed at the venue.
The festival is a time of thanksgiving for the religious, since it
marks the awakening of the gods from their long slumber. The gods who
are believed to have slumbered for six long months are now awake and
the portals of heaven are thrown open. It is also a signal for
The Myth Behind International Kite Festival
In fact, the international Kite Festival marks the end of the winter.
Popular believe goes that during this time, the Gods who were asleep
for the last six months, wake up and the thresholds of the heaven are
opened. The faith translates into festivities one of its kind.
Kites of All Hues
From dawn to dusk, people of all ages fly kites rejoicing in the
spirit of the day. The blue January sky is enlivened by kites of
different colours and hues. Kites soar in the sky, their lines moving
as if alive. Crowded rooftops, fun-loving rivalry to outdo each other,
and delicious Gujarati feast are the hall-marks of the day.
A tremendous variety of kites are seen with friends, neighbours and
total strangers indulging in kite fights. The nights see the arrival
of the illuminated box kites, often in a series strung on one line, to
be launched into the sky. Known as Tukkals, these kites add a touch of
splendour to the dark sky.
Celebration of International Kite Festival
The celebration inaugurates on 13 January every year and continues for
3 consecutive days from dawn to dusk. Days of preparation go into
making the kites of every conceivable shape and size. The kite-lines
are sharpened with mixtures of glue, ground glass and many more
elements. The focus of the contest remains cutting the kite lines of
others and thus emerging triumphant. Extensive researches and the
innovative formulas and the consequent rivalry would hold anyone by
surprise. The ear rending 'woh-katta' fills the air every time a
kite-line is severed. The zeal and enthusiasm is unmatched.
A huge number of visitors pour into the city during the festival.
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