Uttarayan And The Kite Festival Of Gujarat
They fly their Kites even ay Night at the Kite Festival of Gujarat!
Uttarayan and the Kite Festival of Gujarat are one of the most loved and enjoyable festivals to take place in the country. Kite flying in India is a much-revered hobby and although there are only certain times of the year when everyone gathers to fly them, Uttarayan and the kite festival of Gujarat are certainly looking to make a deeper impact by looking at making kites an everyday affair. In a time when the major cities and towns are shifting towards modernism, Uttarayan and the kite festival of Gujarat are still keeping the joys of kite making and flying alive.
Held on the 14th of January every year, Uttarayan and the kite festival of Gujarat deliberately coincide with the festival of Makar Sankranti. Makar Sankranti is a festival dedicated to the change in seasons and the Sun's movement into the northern hemisphere. As winter ends, spring is welcomed with cool breeze, clear blue skies and thousands of people looking to fly their colourful and beautiful kites.
While all over the country, you will find Makar Sankranti celebrated in different ways, Uttarayan and the kite festival of Gujarat are unique to the state itself. The state of Gujarat has people flying kites from their rooftops and parks while it is also host to an International kite festival that is quite popular and highly rated amongst the ranks of kite flyers.
Uttarayan and the kite festival of Gujarat is not restricted to the venue of the International Kite Festival only. In fact, people participate in the hobby from their own homes. From morning to dusk, they are known to constantly fly kites, participate in aerial combat and indulge in delicious Gujarati food through the day.
Kite fighting is extremely common as people use a sharp thread rolled with glue and grounded glass. Unlike other forms of kite fighting, Uttarayan and the kite festival of Gujarat are known for their ruthless kite fights that are won by cutting the opponents? control line and releasing the kite. Experts are known to capture the loose kite by wrapping their kites string around the trailing line.
A unique feature of Uttarayan and the kite festival of Gujarat is the fact that even after nightfall, the kite flying contest continues. While the grounds and rooftops are lit up by either dim lights or none at all, the sky is illuminated with a number of man-made stars. Box kites are illuminated with either candles or bulbs (with the wire running down the length of the control line). These kites are the same as normal kites and are flown at night with little or no visibility otherwise.
Uttarayan and the kite festival of Gujarat are known for their splendid displays of different types of kites such as the kite trains that connect hundreds of kites on a single control line. With people coming from various parts of India as well as from all over the world, Uttarayan and the kite festival of Gujarat are a wonderful way to welcome the spring weather.