Kite Flying Festivals & Occasions In India

Colourful spools, and their different coloured threads, make an inviting picture. But don’t under-estimate them. Very soon, they will be engaged in a fight and slash the unwary kites that come their way. Flying kites is a sport much popular in India. Various parts of our Incredible India have various parts of the year and some festivals dedicated to kite flying or kite competitions.


Basant Panchami Kite Flying kite flying india

The Basant Kite Festival is a seasonal festival of the Punjab region. It falls on Basant, also called Basant Panchami. The event of kite flying is filled with a lot of enthusiasm and thrill. Both skilled and unskillBasant ed participants bring in their fancy colorful kites and the joy they receive when they cut their opponent’s kite is a sight to cherish. With pomp and show the kites are flown and interesting kite fights take place thereafter. Children learn to fly kites from their elders, who themselves like flying them a lot. Kite fighting being the main attraction, people from around the world come to this place to experience the fun involved with this colorful festival. The kites are flown with the help of a string called ‘Manjha’. There are a number of such competitions which are organized during the festival of Basant Panchami. The competition is always there to rule the sky and one has to keep his kite flying till the end to be the winner. There are judges too, some of whom decides which the most beautiful kite is while others decide which is the biggest. The festival brings with it colors in form of greenery and colorful kites.


Uttarayan Kite Festival


Uttarayan is regarded as one of the biggest festivals celebrated. Months before the festival, homes in Gujarat begin to manufacture kites for the festival. The festival of Uttarayan marks the day when winter begins to turn into summer, according to the Indian calender. It is the sign for farmers that the sun is back and that harvest season is approaching. This is the day winter officially ends and spring begins – a transition symbolic of discarding the previous season’s bad and the beginning of a fresh new season. On the day, the entire city – with friends, families and relatives, gathers on rooftops. Everyone is engaged in a kite flying frenzy. In 2012, the Tourism Corporation of Gujarat mentioned that the International Kite Festival in Gujarat was attempting to enter the Guiness Book Of Records due to the participation of 42 countries in it that year.


Kite Flying Festival in Delhi

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One festival, where you cannot miss being a witness to the festive spirit in the air, in the true sense of the term, is the Kite Flying Festival in Delhi in the month of January. It has a major role to play in contributing to the national passion and obsession with kite flying that people all over the country share. There is a special kite flying festival that is held in Delhi to commemorate the passion and enthusiasm for kite flying. The venue of the festival is near Palika bazaar at Connaught Place.

People from all over the country come to Delhi to take active participation in the kite flying festival. There are people from countries outside India too taking part in the Kite flying festival of Delhi. This helps to give the kite flying festival a global dimension as well. Colorful kites of different shapes and sizes adorn the skyline of Delhi, offering quite a beautiful sight for the viewers. The open spaces and terraces in Delhi become a meeting point for the crowd of the kite flyers. There are different competitions that are held as well as friendly flights of the kites. The two different major events of the Kite Flying Festival is the Fighter Kite Competition and the somber Display Flying. There are exciting prizes to be won and trophies given out for all these events. Dinner follows these events where the participants enjoy a gala time, heightening the festive spirit in the air. Palika Bazaar in Delhi is the host to international competitions as well.


Kite Flying On Pongal In South India


To celebrate Pongal in South of India, kite flying is a fun, family activity. Many people prefer to fly kites on their rooftops, some enjoy flying kites on the beach as there is no fear of cables and power lines. Some even make their own kites. There’s nothing quite like flying the kite you’ve made.  People go to the extent of breaking tube-lights, grinding them, mixing them with rice water and apply on the threads. This activity generally happens on the terrace where there will no one to interfere. All these preparations are to make their kite invincible from the neighbours.  Afterall, its not just a kite, its self-respect. As it is the holiday season the kite shops are also teemed up with the kite flying lovers irrespective of their age and there are different types of colourful kites available in the market with the pictures of movie stars and also cartoon images.


Kite Flying On Independence Day

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Come 15th August, you will see the sky all dotted with kites of various hues, shapes, sizes. This is one of the most popular activities that is carried out by Delhiites, since a long time, and the tradition still continues. It is said that kite flying is symbolic of the spirit of freedom. “Go Back Simon”- This was the slogan in protest against the Simon commission in 1927. Patriotic Indians at that time used the kites as a medium of protest. Kites with the slogan “Go Back Simon” written over them were flown in the sky. Ever since then, kite flying has become a tradition for Indians on Independence day to celebrate independence from British rule. And the tradition continues.



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