The festival of kites is back and kite enthusiasts are super excited to be part of Makar Sankranti 2021. Makar Sankranti is celebrated on January 14th and marks the gradual end of winter season and onset of the summer season. According to Hindu Mythology, the sun moves northward (Uttar) enters the house of Capricorn i.e., Makar in Hindi. People worship the Lord Surya on this day and there is a belief that flying kites on this day in the sun rids one of the skin-related problems faced during the winters.
In various parts of India, Sankranti is known by different names, namely Magh Bihu in Assam, Uttarayan in Gujarat, Pongal in Tamil Nadu, Makar Sankranti in Karnataka, Goa and Maharashtra, Maghi in Punjab, Haryana and Himachal Pradesh, Khichdi Festival (because people celebrate by making rice and dal khichdi) in Uttar Pradesh, Sankranti or Peddha Panduga in Andhra Pradesh, and Telangana.
There are many kite festivals that are celebrated around India, the two most important of ones are:
- Uttarayan International Kite Festival:
The Uttarayan International Kite Flying Festival near the Sabarmati riverfront in Ahmedabad, Gujarat attracts many international kite enthusiasts from around the world, like Japan, China, Italy, US, UK, Canada, Singapore, Thailand etc. The festival began on January 8th this year and will end on January 14th and you will witness different types of kites flown on this day like Chinese flying dragons, huge whales, and many more. You will also be able to get a glimpse of Gujrati culture and tradition along find mouth-watering delicacies.
- Telangana International Kite Festival:
This festival is held in Hyderabad, the capital of Telangana and attracts people from all around the world. At the festival, one can see various kites in different sizes, shapes and colours. In 2017, there was also the introduction of remote-controlled kites. The festival also showcases the rich culture and heritage of Telangana, especially from the times of Nizams. You can enjoy lots of scrumptious delicacies from the region.
May this festival bring good health, wealth and prosperity to you and everyone around you. Keeping the kite flying spirits high, we at GBS wish everyone, a very Happy Makar Sankranti!!!