The International Kites Festival, which is one of the most famous annual events of Ahmedabad, Gujarat, has commenced from January 8’ 2017. This festival will be celebrated at the Sabarmati Riverfront, Ahmedabad, from January 8 – January 14. Inaugurated by the Chief Minister, Vijay Rupani and Governor OP Kohli, this festival will be seen attracting the kite fliers not only from India but from many other countries worldwide.
This year, an estimated 186 kite fliers would participate in the festival, and over 100 of these fliers are coming to India from the countries like Vietnam, the USA, Turkey, Thailand, the UK, Switzerland, Spain, Sri Lanka, Russia, Poland, Singapore, Netherlands, Malaysia, New-Zealand, Macau, Korea, Israel, Indonesia, Italy, Germany, Estonia, Canada, Belgium, Cambodia, Brazil, France, Argentina, and Australia. These fliers bring different types of kites with them, such as Dragon kites, sculptural kites, Rokkaku fighting kites, wau-balang kites etc.
The International Kite Festival is celebrated on the occasion of Uttarayan, the end of winter. Uttarayan signifies the day on which the winter starts turning into summer. This festival also indicates to farmers that the sun would now start shining bright in the sky, and the harvest season is approaching.
The International Kite Festival, which has marked the name of Ahmedabad on the international map is one of the most celebrated festivals in the entire state of Gujarat. The festivities are not just limited to Ahmedabad, but, the sky filled with kites is a common sight in many other cities of Gujarat, including Vadodra, Rajkot, Palanpur, Valsad, Pavagadh, and many more. In these cities, the kite competitions are organized, and people from different parts of the world participate in them.
Some of the top attractions of the International Kite Festival 2017 will include 2000 students from the different schools which run under the Municipal Corporation of Ahmedabad, performing the Yoga asana “Suryanamaskar”, a theme pavilion designed by taking into consideration the ”Tourist destinations of Gujarat”, adventure games for the kids, kite workshop and a vast array of craft stalls exhibiting the local art.
There would also be a large number of food stalls presenting the cuisines from India and the rest of the world, however, the main attraction for the visitors would be the authentic Gujarati food. Gujarati delicacies are famous for their unique taste and amazing aroma. Some of the most common Gujarati delicacies that are served at this festival include Undhiyu, Fafda and Jalebi. Nevertheless, there are many other dishes worth tasting.
So don’t forget to enjoy this remarkable festival.