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International Kite Festival - Fairs and Festivals in India

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 the occasion.

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 Festival.

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 merry-making.

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. Indianholiay.com, being a leading tour operator in India, arranges specially designed tour packages featuring International Kite Festival, which would give you charming insights into the life, style and culture of the old city.

 

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