Of course flying a kite can become quite exhausting but is a great outdoor activity that promotes exercise and is lots and lots of fun.Follow Kate @ Laughing Kids Learn’s board Laughing Kids Learn on Pinterest.Uttarayan (known as Makar Sakranti in other parts of India) is the day when the sun starts to travel northwards marking the decline of winter.
Rich or poor, people enjoy this festival in their own ways.
The aerodynamic skill, devotion, and ingenuity that goes into the kite making and flying is almost a religion in itself, honed to the level of an art form, though it looks deceptively simple.
A feeling of anticipation, joy and jubilation grips all who celebrate the occasion of thanksgiving and merry-making. Among these, the festival of Uttarayan is one of the grandest and stands tall.
In Gujarat, Uttarayan is a holiday when every family can be met outdoors. Crowded rooftops, fun-loving rivalry to outdo each other in kite flying skills and delicious traditional Gujarati feast are the hallmarks of the day.
The paper and sticks are cut, the glue is stirred and thousands of kites are prepared in the market.
The string is coated with special glass powder and rice paste, all set to cut each other's strings and knock down the kites.
The size of the kite ranges from nine inches to three feet.
Members of various communities irrespective of cast and creed are engaged in the business of kites.
The fascination and the revelry associated with the kite flying cuts across age groups, class, and communities.
Although Uttarayan is predominantly a Hindu festival marking the awakening of the gods from their deep slumber, history has it that India developed a rich tradition of kite flying due to the patronage of the Kings and ' Nawabs' who found the sport both entertaining and a way of displaying their prowess.