The world famous acclaimed Jaipur Kite Festival, unique in its own way, is being organised at Chaugan stadium in Jaipur from January 12 to 14 with a promise of colourful kites hovering around to brighten up the skies. State government as usual is organizing the "International Kite Festival" in the city for a stretch of three days wherein kite lovers and hobbyists from all over the world are participating in a good number.
In the International Kite Festival, held for the past many years, kite makers and lovers flaunt kites of all kinds of shapes, sizes and designs. Some kites even carry messages on social issues and bright colour patterns that fill the blue sky to mesmerize the viewers. The kites with pictures of Narender Modi, Rahul Gandhi, Arvind Kejriwal and Vasundhara Raje are being flown around all over the city.
The Jaipur Tourism Development Corporation has invited people to the International Kite Festival where kite enthusiasts from all across the world will display their kites and demonstrate their flying skills. At the site of festival, a fair will be held with food stalls, cultural performances and special kite displays at night, when illuminated kites ‘Tukals’ will be flown.
On the day of Makar Sakranti, the festival will go up to dusk time when kites-with-lights will be flown to add delight of the festival. Many Indian and foreign tourists, kite lovers with their huge and fanciful kites have already arrived in the city to attend the festival. Various kite flying competitions are being organized by the Kite Clubs in the city these days.
In Jaipur, the Kite festival is observed on the day of Maker Sankranti or Uttarayan to mark the transition of the sun from Sagittarius to Capricorn constellation for its northward journey .On this day, Jaipurites take a holy dip in Galtaji lake early in the morning to pray to sun god to bless them with good health, wealth and good crop. Makar Sankranti is a government holiday in Jaipur, and this increases the pleasure of the festivities and kite flying.
On this occasion, the pink city turns all colourful with the beautiful kites in the sky. Also, the seasonal sugary delights made of sesame seeds like Til Ke Laddu, Gajak and Feeni are selling like hot cakes in the city.