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Kites Soars The Sky In Ahmedabad: Hon’ble CM Inaugurates The IKF-2018

An estimated of 186 kite fliers, which includes 51 from 8 different states and more than 100 kite fliers from more than 44 countries, will participate this year

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The word Uttarayan originates from two different Sanskrit words, ‘uttara’ meaning North and ‘ayana’ meaning movement thereby indicating the movement of Earth on the celestial sphere. This festival marks the gradual end of the winter season and the beginning of summers. To the farmers, it is an auspicious sign which indicates the commencement of the harvest season. Known as Pongal in Tamil Nadu, Karnataka and Andhra Pradesh, Bihu in Assam, Maghi in Punjab and Haryana, the essence of this festival is the same throughout the country.

In the state of Gujarat, this festival is popularly celebrated through ‘Kite Flying’. The International Kite Festival is one of the biggest festivals celebrated in the country. The state becomes a manufacturing hub months before the festival giving a boost to the overall socio-economic status. Each year, this mega festival organized by the Tourism Corporation of Gujarat Limited and it is getting bigger and better. To add colors to the festival of kites, delegates and enthusiastic from across the globe to participate and present their art and power of ideas with designer kites.

To make most of this well-celebrated festival, People of Gujarat prepares themselves days before the Big day and prepares foods like laddu, undhiyu or surti jamun for eating over the course of the day and ensures fun remains never-ending.

This year, the International Kite Festival is going to be celebrated from the 7th to the 14th of January, 2018 at the Sabarmati Riverfront, Ahmedabad. The Hon’ble Governor, Shri O.P Kohli; the Hon’ble Chief Minister, Shri VijaybhaiRupani and other esteemed guests were present at the inaugural ceremony of the IKF-2017 which took place on the 8th of January, 2017 at 9:00 am at Sabarmati Riverfront.

As many as 2000 students from the schools run by the Ahmedabad Municipal Corporation will do ‘suryanamaskar’. Special attractions at IKF this year will be Ahmedabad Heritage and Smart City theme based stalls and pavilion. To add delight for visitors, IKF will also have kite workshop, adventure games for kids, craft stalls to display the local art and food stalls with local delicacies.

An estimated of 186 kite fliers, which includes 51 from 8 different states and more than 100 kite fliers from more than 31 countries, will participate this year. In addition to this,the celebrations of the Kite Festival will not be just limited to Ahmedabad but to various other cities such as Palanpur, Rajkot, Vadodara, Pavagadh, Valsad, Gandhidham, and many others.

The atmosphere is wonderfully festive, as whole families gather on the rooftop, special foods like laddu, undhiyu or surti jamun are prepared for eating over the course of the day, and friends and neighbors visit each other for group kite-flying fun. The festival of Uttarayan is a uniquely Gujarati phenomenon, when the skies over most cities of the state fill with kites from before dawn until well after dark.

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Sagar Kaushik

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