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.
Three day International Kite Flying Festival at a Polo Ground, where kite enthusiasts from all across the world show off their skills. It is also known as ‘International Desert Kite Flying Festival’. One can watch Air Force helicopters releasing colorful kites and school children release colorful balloons. 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.
Jodhpur Kite Flying Festival has two major competition – Fighter Kite Competition & Display Flying Competition. Participants from all over the world takes active part in the festival. In Fighter Kite Competition every kite flyers compete with each other displaying their skills in order to win the competition. Display Flying Competition is the exhibition of beautiful kites with flying. Winners are awarded the prestigious trophies and each participant is offered dinner with the Maharaja of Jodhpur at an exotic venue.
Date: 12 Jan – 14 an 2014
Venue: Polo Ground , Jodhpur & Umaid Bhawan Palace