Kite Festival in Jaipur

Kite festival of Jaipur observed on the day of Makar Sankranti is celebrated on 14th of January to mark the transition of the sun from Dhanu Rashi (Sagittarius) to Makara Rashi (Capricorn), the day is considered auspicious. It is said that northward journey of the sun begins on the day of Makar Sankranti.

Kites of different shapes , sizes, colours blotting Jaipur skies

The people of Jaipur, on this day take a holy dip in Galtaji, an important pilgrimage in Jaipur to pray to sun god to bless them with good health, wealth and good crop. On this occasion, you will be pleased to see the amazing view of the sky pink city turn colorful with the beautiful kites in the sky. This is one day when the skies above the city come alive with kites in a hundred different colours, shapes and sizes, fluttering and darting above the rooftops, triumphantly cutting another kite’s string, and soaring way up above the earth. In Jaipur kites virtually blot out the sky. Everyone joins in this riotous celebration and shouts of ” Woh Kata Hai !”  ( I have cut your kite) reverberate from rooftops to the accompaniment of drums as adversary’s kites’ string is cut. And everyone’s an adversary! Any kite in the sky is fair game!

On this day The Jaipur Tourism Development Corporation organises the International Kite Festival at a local stadium, where kite enthusiasts from all across the world show off their kite flying skills. Alongside  are food stalls, cultural performances and special kite displays at night, when illuminated kites – known as Tukals – are flown. Various kite flying competitions are also organised by numerous Kite Clubs in the month of January. “International Kite Festival” in Jaipur is organized for a stretch of three days

People of Jaipur celebrate this festival of Makar Sankranti with various sweets made of sesame seeds i.e. Til Ke Laddu, Gajak (famous Jaipur’s Sesame Brittle) and warm snacks like fried round balls of a grain called ‘Chaula’

A must visit for tourist to enjoy the enthusiasm of the Kite Festival In Jaipur

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