The International Kite Festival in Gujarat is one of the most colorful, lively and widely celebrated festivals in India. The 8-day festival this year will pave its onset on January 7 and big, beautiful and unique kites will cover the skyline of Ahmedabad. The festival, in popular terms Uttarayan or Makar Sankranti is a gorgeous, vibrant, and colorful festival of Gujarat, recognised globally for its unique character. The International Kite Event most likely takes place in Ahmedabad (Kite capital of Gujarat) which accommodates visitors from many international destinations.
The flying of kites also means the withdrawal of the winter season. The festival is being celebrated with great enthusiasm in the month of January since 1989.
The festival accommodates crowds from all over the world. The International Kite Festival is believed to be the biggest festival celebrated in the country. The preparations for the kite festival including the manufacture kites for the festival, begin months before the festival.
In 2019, the 30th International Kite festival was celebrated in which 151 international kite-fliers took part in the Kite Festival. Kites of all shapes and sizes are flown. Kites were sold on the streets of Ahmedabad beginning in November, to get ready for Uttarayan, which falls in January.
Date of International Kite Festival 2020:
The International Kite Festival is in 2020, the festival in Gujarat, also known as Uttarayan or Makar Sankranti, will be celebrated from January 7 to January 14. Uttarayan is celebrated every year on 14th January, known as Makar Sankranti in other parts of north India, and Pongal in Tamil Nadu, and continues on the 15th.
Schedule of the entire day of International Kite Festival 2020:
The International Kite Festival 2020 will be held from January 7 to January 14. The festival is an important one as its mention is also in the Rigveda which dates more than 5000 years. The day marks the beginning of the auspicious six-month period known as Uttarayana. In major cities of Gujarat, kite flying starts as early as 5 am and goes until the late-night where approximately 8-10 million people participate in the whole festival.
Significance of International Kite Festival 2020:
As per the Hindu calendar, the festival is celebrated when winter days recede and summer comes seeps in the Indian weather charts. This day is considered to be one of the most important harvest days in India. During the festival, food such as Undhiyu(a mixed vegetable including yam and beans), sesame seed brittle and Jalebi is served to the crowds.