Among the many tourist festivals of the country, the week-long International Kite Festival held every year on Makar Sankranti in Ahmedabad, Gujarat state, has become a worldwide festival after completing its journey of 36 years. The International Kite Festival begins seven days before Makar Sankranti and ends on Makar Sankranti.
The sight of Suryanamaskar by thousands of school children and Aditya Stuti by 200 Rishikumars is heart-touching. The festival begins with a colorful parade of international and national kite fliers. Exhibitions of kites and traditional crafts are held. Yoga and Zumba exercises are performed in the morning, and cultural programs are organized in the evening. Tourists also enjoy the delicious cuisine of Gujarat.
During kite competitions, excitement and thrill are created on sight. With so much fun, the biggest attraction is the kites of different sizes, and designs, touching the heights of the sky. The whole atmosphere gets colored with millions of colorful kites. The old, the young, and the children are all seen drenched in the colors and fun of kites.
The whole world waits for this famous festival of Gujarat throughout the year. Along with the different states of India - Australia, Canada, France, Russia, Germany, Greece, Israel, Egypt, Colombia, Denmark, New Zealand, Indonesia, Italy, Mexico, South Africa, Belgium, Bahrain, Iraq, and Malaysia, etc. are close to the world Kite fliers from 68 countries participate with full enthusiasm in kite flying competitions by showcasing their kite skills here. The number of kite flyers has increased to more than 660 at present.
The main event is held at the Sabarmati Riverfront. However, kite flying is rampant all over Gujarat. In 2023, along with Ahmedabad, the kite festival was also celebrated in Dakor, Gandhidham, Jamnagar, Rajkot, Surat, Vadodara, Dwarka, Amreli, Palanpur, Pavagadh, Valsad, and Saputara.
Such is the craze for this festival that the kite industry in Gujarat has grown from Rs 8-10 crore in the last two decades to Rs 625 crore. Every year this festival has a unique theme. In 2023, its article was based on "One Earth, One Family, One Future." This year, Gujarat Tourism Corporation has set a target of setting a Guinness World Record for the maximum number of kite lovers from different countries flying kites at the same time. During the International Kite Festival, all the participants performed a parade wearing T-shirts and caps bearing the G20 logo. The skies of Gujarat were decorated with special kites in the shape of India's G20 Presidency logo.
This festival started from the year 1989 on the occasion of Makar Sankranti. Except for two years of Corona, it is being celebrated continuously. The International Kite Festival has many names. It is also known as Uttarayan or Makar Sankranti in Gujarat. There are different types of kites in the attraction of the International Kite Festival. People come from far and wide to see them. People watch moths from the roofs of their houses. The International Kite Festival is considered one of Gujarat's biggest festivals. This festival of kites is a typical Gujarati event when the sky is filled with kites from morning till evening in most of the state's cities. The Kite festival is organized during the second week of January. On this day, almost all the usual work stops in the state, and everyone flies kites on the rooftops and streets and competes with the people around them. Tourists come from different corners of the world and enjoy this beautiful festival.
Gujarat Tourism Corporation Limited
organizes the festival.
More than 50 thousand foreign tourists must come to Gujarat in January on the pretext of the kite festival; this has boosted Gujarat tourism.