This January 10, Ahmedabad in Gujarat rolled up the curtains to celebrate its 20th international kite festival with 105 kite flyers and thousands of spectators. Kite flyers from 34 different countries have joined in this gala festival with some 120 Indians. Scheduled to run for five colorful days, the festival has been organized in Uttarayan, on the Sabarmati riverfront.
The festival also coincides with the harvest festival of Gujarat ‘Makar Sankranthi’. January 14 will be the main day of this Gujarat kite festival when people in every neighborhood of the state will fill the blue sky with multicolored and multi-patterned fancy kites celebrating this traditional festival. The other attractions of this festival include loads of adrenaline rush activities as well like para-gliding and para-jumping.
The fairgrounds have been glamorized with kite painting workshops and food courts. PM Manmohan Singh has been invited to inaugurate the kite festival at the City Police Stadium in Ahmedabad. He has also been urged to pay a short visit to the NRIs who will be attending the Uttarayan celebrations. The theme of the kite festival here will be the promotion of medical tourism in India and since Gujarat is an ideal destination for it, the theme seems just perfect. Such great festivals in India sure keep up the good spirit of merry making and even the kite flying enthusiasts from different international countries get to become a part of this gala event either by showing in their creative skills or simply by cheering up as spectators.