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Gu­jarat is known for it’s Kite fly­ing events for many years. Ev­ery year, the ‘In­ter­na­tional Kite Fes­ti­val’ is be­ing held at Gu­jarat on 14th Jan. It is or­gan­ised by the ‘Tourism Cor­po­ra­tion of Gu­jarat’.

From 1989 on­wards, the event is reg­u­larly held at Ahmed­abad (also known as the ‘Kite cap­i­tal of Gu­jarat’). The fes­ti­val is held from Jan­uary 8 to Jan­uary 14. The Kite fly­ing fes­ti­val usu­ally takes place at the ‘Sabar­mati river­front’, Ashram Road in Ahmed­abad. The Sabar­mati river bank has the ca­pac­ity to hold over 5,00,000 peo­ple at a sin­gle time. The fes­ti­val ex­hibits the var­i­ous kite-mak­ing tra­di­tions and draws par­tic­i­pants from across the globe. ‘Patang Bazaar’ which is the most fa­mous Kite mar­ket, is one of the ma­jor at­trac­tions of this fes­ti­val. Dur­ing the fes­tive week, the mar­ket re­mains open through­out the day. There is also a Kite Mu­seum which is lo­cated at San­skar Kendra in Paldi area of Ahmed­abad and it has nu­mer­ous col­lec­tion of unique kites. A tra­di­tional food fes­ti­val of Gu­jarat also takes place dur­ing this kite fes­ti­val, which of­fers sweets like the Und­hiyu (a del­i­cacy of veg­eta­bles), Jalebi, Til Ladoo and Chikki (sweet made from ground­nuts and jag­gery) for the vis­i­tors.

The be­lief be­hind the fes­ti­val:

This fes­ti­val co­in­cides with the fes­ti­val of ‘Makar Sankranti’. Makar Sankranti marks the grad­ual end of the win­ter sea­son and sig­nals the on­set of sum­mer. Farm­ers con­sider this fes­ti­val aus­pi­cious, as it also sug­gests the begin­ning of the har­vest sea­son. Thus, this fes­ti­val is a form of thanks­giv­ing and a sig­nal for merry-mak­ing.

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