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Kite flying fervour catches up in Jaipur; bird rescue helpline set up by animal rights groups
In Jaipur, with Makar Sakranti round the corner, to be observed on January 14, the kite lovers and children have started flying the kites of various shapes, sizes, colours, shades and printed images providing a dazzling and colourful sight.

The festival is observed when the Sun moves in Uttarayana and its radiations are believed to have curing properties and flying kites in the sun exposes the body to solar radiations that eradicates infections and movements in the sun along with kite flying provides exercise to the body.

Also, the preparations for three-day International Kite Festival (IKF-2019) to be held from January 14 to 16 in the Pink City are on. Over the years, IKF-Jaipur has gained popularity and it has started attracts kiting fliers from the country and abroad.

The IKF-Jaipur has a long-standing history of celebration and supported by various social groups as well as the state. Kite flying competitions get organized on this festival.

The festival is marked by dividing the participant into two sections, namely, the Kite War and the Friendly Kite Flying Session. The Kite festival is inaugurated with great pomp and show. On the third of the celebration prize distribution is held.

The fervour and excitement have caught up and many birds are being injured with manja threads. The animal welfare groups have set helpline for the rescue and treatment of the injured birds. Besides Raksha, Help In Suffering and Aashray Rescue and Relief Shelter have started rescuing the injured birds due to kite flying.

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