Every year Gujarat celebrates more than 2000 festivals. The international kite festival (Uttarayan) is regarded as one of the biggest festival celebrated months before the festival, homes in Gujarat began to manufacture kites for the festival. The festival of uttarayan marks the day when winter begin turn into summer according to the Indian calendar, it is the sign for farmers that the sun is back and that harvest season is approaching which is called makar sakranti.
It is the most important harvest day in India, many cities in Gujarat and many other states organize kite competition between their citizens, where the people compete with each other. Uttarayan is such a huge and important festival that it has become a public holiday in India for two days. In 2012, the tourism corporation of Gujarat mentioned that the international kite festival in Gujarat was attempting to enter the Guiness world records book due to the participation of 42 countries in it. The best place to enjoy, the festival is the Sardar patel stadium (capacity of over 54,000 people) or Ahmedabad police stadium, where people lay down to see the sky filled with thousands of kites.
The kite festival has been influenced by its international participation in the recent events, for instance- Malaysia brought Wau balang kites, Indonesia brought Ilayang ghave kites, USA brought giant banner kites, Japan brought Rokkaku fighting kites, Italy brought Italian sculptures kites, Chinese brought flying dragon kites. In some parts of India, people celebrate Kite Flying on 14th January, 2014.
Overall, this festival is really a perpetual carnival, endless fare of enjoyment, laughter, amazment, food and full of joy.
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