Friday, January 11, 2013

Makar Sankranti - the kite flying festival

Makar Sankranti or Uttarayan is one of the biggest celebrated festival after Navaratri. Its celebrated on 14th January of every year. This festival remarks us that its the end of winter and the start of summer. The people celebrate it by flying kites, making delicious sweets like laddoos, chicki, and undhyu etc at home.

People get ready early in the morning and go to their or friends terrace or ground where they are comfortable and fly kites. Kids who find difficult to get up early for their school, college or classes manages to get up at 5am on 14th January and starts flying kites. Its very wonderful scene where you will see the whole family on the rooftop of the building and enjoy this festival by eating laddoos, undhyu and surati jamun. This festival leads to social gathering of family and friends.

It looks like a “war in the sky”. There is huge sales of spool, kites, special kite-string coated with glue and glass to be sharp as possible for cutting strings of the rival kites. The kite and string seller are seen on the street from December till 15th January. The kite flying festival does not end after sunset. People fly white kites so that can be seen in the darkness. The Lanterns are attached to the Kites and are flown high in the sky, looking like bright stars.

Ahmedabad will be celebrating 25 years of International Kite Festival. They have been conducting this competition since 1989, which is participated by the masters of kite makers and flyers at Sardar Patel Stadium. Kite Flying Experts from Japan, Italy, the UK, Canada, Brazil, Indonesia, Australia, the USA, Malaysia, Singapore, France, China, and many more visit Gujarat to participate in this competition.

Its sounds very interesting right?. It is interesting indeed when you gather with your family and friends enjoy the festival whole day. I too will go to Gujarat my native place and enjoy the festival.

Image source: http://www.spacearkstudios.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/05/children-illustration-kites-flying-high-into-the-clouds.jpg, http://www.1000lonelyplaces.com/wp-content/uploads/2010/12/Kite-Festival-Gujarat-India5.jpg,


  1. Nice post chintan,
    It reminds me my childhood and want go back again to feel that experience.;-)