Makar Sankranti aka Uttarayan :
Uttarayan is also known as Makar Sankranti. On this day the sky full of kites. The festival of Uttarayan is one of the oldest festivals. Makar Sankranti is one of the best occasions for the Hindus and is celebrated in almost all parts of India. In
Gujarat Uttarayan is a holiday for government and private sectors. People of all ages fly kites from morning to evening. People gathered on the rooftops and celebrate the Makar Sankranti by flying kites, dancing on loud volume and having meal together. Makar Sankranti is also the coming of spring in India.
The festival is celebrated on 14 or 15 January. Uttarayan is known as the day of new good healthy wealthy beginning of a year. The months before the festival of Uttarayan are celebrated. All children have completions with their neighbors by flying kites. Thousands of kites are prepared in the market. The kites are made of different shapes and designs, some of the kites are made of plastic polythene. On this day people make Till Laddoos (sesame seeds), jalebi (sweets) for guests. These sweets are prepared for Makar Sankranti Day.
The International Kite Festival held’s every year. People come from Australia, Japan, USA, Canada and European Countries to participate in the International Kite Festival. People wish their family members and friends on this special day of Sankranti by sending SMS, text messages or greetings.
Uttarayan 2014 Date :
In 2014 Uttarayan will be celebrated on 14th January.
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Gujarat is one of the most fascinating states in India. It is known throughout the world for its beautiful culture and vibrant festivities. Gujarat International Kite Festival is one of such festivities which are famed throughout the world and thousands of visitors from different countries visit Gujarat to witness this festival. This festival is held every year on the month of January during the occasion of Makar Sankranti which is basically an Indian festival celebrated to symbolize the end of winter.
Uttarayan and the Kite Festival of Gujarat :
Gujarat International Kite Festival is held in Ahmedabad which is one of the significant states in Gujarat. This festival is organized by the Gujarat Tourism Development Corporation. This international kite festival takes place in the local stadium. In this festival many veteran
kite flyers and enthusiasts participate from countries such as Canada, U.S.A., Japan, Malaysia, Australia, Brazil and many other countries. In Gujarat Kite Festival people get to see kites of all sizes, colors, shapes and designs. These kites fill the sky and the view from the ground turns out to be an amazing spectacle from the ground. This festival also features food and craft bazaar where one can taste the local delicacies of Gujarat and buy local handicrafts which display the amazing art and craft tradition of Gujarat.
Gujarat International Kite Festival has turned out to be major tourist attractions of Gujarat in which thousands of visitors flock together to see the display of skills and beauty of kite flying. Some of the kites brought by kite flyers are so unique, unusual and amazing that it becomes totally hard to believe in your own eyes.
India has a long tradition and culture of kite flying and the Gujarat Kite Festival adds another charm to this tradition. This festival has turned out be one its kind and has gained wide spread acclamation all over the world. Therefore if you are planning to visit Gujarat, remember to visit during the Gujarat International Kite Festival.
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