Kite Flying on Sankranti
|What is Sankranti?
|Makar Sankranti is a festival day in the Hindu calendar, dedicated to the deity Surya (sun). It marks the first day of the sun's transit into Makara (Capricorn), signaling the end of the month with the winter solstice and the start of longer days.
|Significance of Kite Flying
|Kite flying on Sankranti is a symbolic gesture to reach out to the sun and offer salutations to the gods of knowledge and wisdom. It is also a way to enjoy the healthier sun rays and celebrate the coming of spring.
|Kite flying on Sankranti is especially popular in the Indian states of Gujarat, Maharashtra, Rajasthan, and parts of South India. It is also celebrated in neighboring countries like Nepal and Pakistan.
|Organization of Kite Flying
|Kite flying events are organized at various levels, from local community gatherings to large-scale competitions. Local governments and cultural organizations often sponsor these events, which include the distribution of kites and threads, music, food stalls, and sometimes even prizes for the best kite flyers.
|Communities come together to celebrate, with rooftops and open fields becoming the arenas for kite flying. People of all ages participate, and the sky is filled with colorful kites.
|In recent years, there has been a growing awareness of the environmental impact of kite flying, leading to the promotion of eco-friendly kites and the safe disposal of kite materials.
Traditional cards for Makar Sankranti
Modern art card showing spirit of Sankranti