India: Uttarayan and Kite Festival of Gujarat -- Jan 14, 2011

by Backpacking Tips Asia
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Uttarayan (also known as Makar Sakranti) is the day when the sun starts to travel northwards marking the end of winter in India. This day Indians of all ages fly their kites in a fierce competition, from sunrise to sunset!

This is also a day where they focus on traditional food, and selling traditional sweets (jalebi).

Although you can experience the Kite festival in all major cities of Gujarat state, Ahmadebad is supposed to be a great place to witness this festival! The day before the kite festival, the kite market (Patang Bazaar) in Ahmadebad gets busy and sells colorful kites, in all shapes and designs.

When: Jan 14, 2011

The Kite Festival is well-known all over India, but it's mainly in the Northern part they celebrate it! You can also experience the Kite festival in Jaipur (same date).

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