Gujarat is one of the most famous for its festivals and one of them is Kite festival also known as Uttarayan and Makar Sankranti. The festival celebrated on 14th January every year. Makar Sankranti is a very significant festival celebrated all over India especially in Gujarat. Sankranti stands for movement. This festival day is considered to be one of the most significant reaping days in India. The festival is a sign for that winter is about to go and summer is about to start. In India, there is a 2 days public holidays for this festival. During these two days people flying kites and eat sesame balls or laddo, sugar cane, jalebi, undhiyu (mix vegetable) and enjoy with their family and friends on the terrace. The sky gets filled with lots of colourful and designer kites and it is a fortune to see the sky on this day in Gujarat. You will feel that various designs of kites are dancing in the sky. Kite festival is the day of Sun’s Northward journey and it is celebrated on open ground or house terrace. People believed that on Makar Sankranti day, the Sun enters the sphere of Capricorn or maker zodiac. Makar Sankranti is celebrated in many parts of India with great zeal and enthusiasm.
Fact about International Kite Festival
When: The festival celebrated on 14th January every year
Where: International Kite Festival is celebrated At Sabarmati Riverfront, Near Ashram Road, and Ahmedabad before one week of Makar sankranti.
Timing: The Celebrations start at 8 am and remains till 5 pm
Duration: The Uttarayan or Makar sankranti last 2 days long 14th and 15th January and International Kite Festival at Riverfront Last 1 week before 15th January
Main Attraction: Designer Kites, Laser Lights, Music and Kite flying competition are the major attraction of the International Kite Festival.
Significant: On this festival day both day and night are measured same duration and From this festival summer starts and winter ends.
Who comes: Many skilled national and international kite flyers, school children’s, prime minister and many VIP guest
The Kite festival is a symbol of Gods awakening from their deep sleep. The tradition of kite festival is generated because of royals and kings and followed by the Nawabs. They found this kite flying tradition, entertaining and by this game they can show their skills, but with the changes of time it has become popular and starts celebrated as a kite festival in India. It is believed that first a Muslim family has made the kites. In present time Kite festival has become one of the major and colourful festivals is now celebrated at international level too. There is also a 7 days international kite festival is organized by the Tourism Department of Gujarat in which many skilled national and international grade kite flyers come to take part and display their hard work. Also school children and many local people also took part in the kite festival. The festival is highlighting the various cultures of India. In modern times, many people write social messages and awareness on kites and that make this festival unique. If you want to enjoy this festival with more excitement and happiness, then Ahmedabad, Vadodara, Surat, and Nadiad are the major cities to go into this kite festival.
How to Reach There
By Air: The nearest Airport is Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel International Airport Ahmedabad which is approximately 10 km away from River front around the famous Patang Hotel in Ahmedabad.
By Rail: The nearest railway station is Kalupur. Ahmedabad is the Main city of Gujarat and well connected with all Major State and City of India. There are many trains available to come to Ahmedabad to Riverfront.
By Bus: Many private and public transportation is available to reach to River front in Ahmedabad. You can hire a taxi or an Auto or can use a Bus to reach there.
By Own Vehicle: There are many different ways to reach to the Sabarmati River Front by own vehicle. The nearest destination is near Patang Hotel in Ahmedabad.
Before one week of Uttarayan, A Gujarat government organize The International Kite Festival in Ahmedabad on the river bank of Sabarmati called riverfront and firstly was inaugurated by Prime Minister Narendra Modi. The festival Celebrations start at 8 in the morning and continue till 5 pm in the evening. The kite festival is celebrated with so much vigorous and excitement. For Uttarayan or kite festivals Visitors come from many other country like Japan, Italy, the UK, Canada, Brazil, Indonesia, Australia, the USA, and Malaysia to India to take part in kite festival. During the Kite festival people started buying kites which are made from plastic, leaves, wood, metal, nylon and other scrap materials and buy manja and firki. Before some days of this festival market gets crowded with the kites buyers. Sellers start making Manjha or thread before the big kite festival day. Manjha is the thread that is used to flying and control the kite. The manjha is covered with colours and powdered glass, then dried so that’s why it can be injured you. The kite festival is a day of the positive aura and vibes that will make you feel happy and forget your worries.