“When the wind is against you, like a kite, have your chord of faith rooted and you would fly highest ever.”
The International Kite Festival
The International Kite Festival is organised by the Tourism Department of Gujarat. The event takes place every year in Ahemdabad, from January 8 to January 14. This year, the festival takes place at the Sabarmati riverfront. The festival exhibits kite-making traditions from various countries and draws artists from the around world. Therefore, the serene blue sky covered with colourful kites looks mesmerizing. Since morning till evening, it remains dotted with the vivid splashes of colour with kites in a variety of hues, shapes and sizes.
A Tradition of Kite – Flying
The tradition of kite flying over generations in the Indian society and the history of kite flying describe very exquisitely in the Kite Museum in Ahmedabad, Gujarat. Hence, the festival attracts expert kite makers from all around the world.
According to Hindu astronomy, Makar Sankranti is the day when the Sun begins the movement away from the Tropic of Capricorn. Uttarayan or Makar Sankranti marks the gradual end of winters and the onset of summers. The festivals are one of the most auspicious days across the country for the farmers as it also suggests the beginning of the harvest season.
A Battle Between Kites
Moreover, Kites of all shapes and sizes are flown, and the main competition is to battle nearby kite-flyers to cut their strings and bring down their kites. For this, people find their favourite kite makers who prepare strong resilient kite bodies with springy bamboo frames and kite paper stretched to exactly the right tension. Lastly, the kites are attached to a spool (or firki) of Manja. Special kite-string coated with the mixture of glue and glass to be as sharp as possible for cutting strings of rival kites.
As the results, production of kites and kite supplies can be seen on the streets of Ahmedabad beginning of November. As to get ready for Uttarayana, and nowhere more so than in Patang Bazaar. A special kite market that appears in the old city. Therefore for the week preceding the festival, it is open 24 hours for all kites lover to stock up for the festivals.
History of Kite Flying
The symbolism of this festival is to show the awakening of God from their deep sleep. Though India’s history, it is said that India creates the tradition of Kite flying due to the kings and Royalties later followed by Nawabs who found the sport entertaining. A platform to showcase their supremacy, power and talent. It begins as being a sport for kings, but over time, as the sport became popular, it became to reach the masses. Kite flying has is one of the most important events in Gujarat for several years. However, the first international festival was celebrated in 1989 when people from all across the globe participated and show cast their innovative kites.
Date and Duration.
The International Kite Festival takes place from January 06 to January 14, 2020
Entry for International Kite Festival
The entry to the International Kite Festival of Gujarat is free for all the visitors. However, access to the Kite area is for participates only.
Main Attractions at International Kite Festival
Nationals of over 45 counties participate in this one of a kind event. They consider it to be more of a battle and less friendly competition. Kites of all shapes, sizes and designs can be seen throughout the day. The excitement fails to die even after a long day of kite flying. Hence, lanterns are attached to the string or manja and the kites are continued to be flown. This makes for a spectacular night view of the festival as well. Moreover, The Kite Festival is strongly attracted by its international participants for example
- Malaysia brought wau-balang kites.
- Indonesia brought Illayang- Illayanghave.
- USA brought giant banner kites.
- Japan brought Rokkaku fighting kites.
- Chinese brought Flying Dragon kites.
- Italy brought Italian sculpture kites. And many more.