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Debangana Sen Jan 06 2014

What is the International Kite Festival in Gujarat all about?

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Known for being significant to Makar Sankranti, the International Kite Festival or Uttarayan Festival in Gujarat is celebrated as a symbol of ‘Cultural Strength’. It is believed that Makar Sankranti marks the beginning of Summers, with the return of the sun to the Northern Hemisphere; the sun joins the Capricorn zodiac. In other words, the sun transits from one zodiac sign to another. Since, there are 12 zodiac signs, there are 12 'sankrantis' as well. It is also learnt that from this day itself begins the six months long Uttarayan or Makar Sankranti.


Photo of International Kite Festival (by Meena Kadri)

The International Kite Festival coincides with the Makar Sankranti Festival. It is celebrated in some of the famous places in Gujarat including Vadodara, Nadiad, Ahmedabad and Surat. You’ll be surprised to know that Surat is known for its strong string that makes up for an important element in kite making, as glass powder is applied on the thread to further the cutting edge functionality. Kite lovers can visit Gujarat a day prior to the festival and avail a decent deal with the ‘gujju’ skill to purchase the best kite possible in the crushing crowd of several kite enthusiasts.




Photo of International Kite Festival (by Meena Kadri)

The International Kite Festival observes many eminent kitists and people from all over the world displaying their creatively designed exotic kites here. It’s quite an experience to see the sky with amazing and vibrant kites, filling the air with much happiness and positivity. The festival also brings an opportunity to savor the sumptuous authentic cuisines in the local eateris in Guajarat and shop some interesting and lovely handicrafts. You must also not miss the opportunity of witnessing some real nice kites that depict art in every colour, shape and design.

Where: Ahmedabad, Gujarat
When: 9th January, 2014 to 15th January, 2014
Organised by: Gujarat Tourism

And, if you want to explore some of the other places where this festival is celebrated with the same spirit and zeal, you can see for yourself how the Kite Festival in Jaipur amazes you with its grand hosting.


Keep your spirits high, as you celebrate this festival!

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