Home » International Kite Festival

International Kite Festival

Popular Highlights: Kites
Date: 14 January, every year
Location: Gujarat, India

Kite Flying is the popular custom associated with the celebration of Makar Sankranti. The gods who are said to have catnapped for six long months are now wide awake and the gateways of heaven are thrown open. The tranquil azure sky with colourful kites appear amazing and since morning to evening, remains speckled with vivid dashes of colours with kites in a variety of shades, shapes and sizes. Every year, Kite Flying festival is celebrated in major cities of Gujarat. The holy places are crowded with visitors and alms are dispersed freely.

The festival is known to draw the attention of experts kite makers as well as flyers not just from the cities of India, but also from other parts of the world. Designer kites of endless varieties are shown at the venue. The celebration is also a perfect time of thanksgiving for the religious, since the day marks the awakening of the gods from their prolonged sleep. The day is also important for merry making.

The excitement and fervor of the celebration continue with the arrival of nights. As the sun sets, & the dusk hovers over, young brigades continue competing each other in superiority in the sky, with the paper lanterns attached to their kite strings. The lanterns also called tukkal swaying at just the mild blow of the wind portrays a lovely image while some attempt to disconnect these tukkals and relish the fun.

Gujarat Tourism also organizes the International Kite Festival attracting masses to witness the show of famous kitists from various states as well as nations. The festival always takes place at Ahmedabad on January 14, to concur with the celebration of Uttarayan or Makar Sankranti. People from each nook and corner of the world; display their exotic kites in various designs and sizes. This gives the locals of the city perfect chance to see the atypical kites brought by the visitors. Some of these kites are truly amazing works of art. During the festival, cuisines and crafts are also relished by the spectators and participants.

Regional Names of this Festival:
  • Uttarayan
  • Pongal
  • International Kite Festival
  • Ganga Sagar
  • Makar Sankranti
  • Thai Pongal
  • Hadaga Festival
  • Bihu / Bohaggiyo Bhishu