Makar Sankranti is celebrated in India on the occasion of the transition of the sun into the Northern hemisphere. At this time of the month everyone from 6 to 60 years can be seen on their terrace or field flying a small or big kites with their heads turned to the sky. Sky completely fill up with numerous kites everywhere and shouting of “Woh Kata Hai!” coming from rooftops fills enthusiasm in the environment.
As you’ve probably guessed, this is one day when the skies above the city come alive with kites – in a hundred different colors, shapes and sizes, fluttering and darting above the rooftops, triumphantly cutting another kite’s string, and soaring way up above the earth. The Jaipur Tourism Development Corporation organizes the International Kite Festival at a local stadium, where kite enthusiasts from all across the world show off their skills. Participants from all over the world takes active part in the festival. A kite market is held, alongside which are food stalls, cultural performances and special kite displays at night, when illuminated kites – known as Tukals – are flown.
On this day women prepare their home a special dish called till papdi or laddoos made of sesame seed with sugar. Many people on this day to help poor and needy with donation of food, clothes, money or other items, It’s an amazing festival for tourists; tourists can also participate in various kite-flying competitions.
Date: 14 Jan 2014
Venue: Polo Ground , Jaipur
Jaipur Tourism Development Corporation