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International kite festival takes off with flying colours in western India

Published: January 8, 2018

STORY: The skyline of India’s western city of Ahmedabad wore a vibrant look on Sunday (January 07) as the 29th International Kite Festival kicked off with fliers from different countries joining the riot of colours.

Kite festivals, held across the state of Gujarat, was officially inaugurated by state chief Vijay Rupani.

Colourful kites of different shapes and sizes dotted the skyline of the city as spectators were seen clicking pictures. People from across the globe have come to participate in the festival.

A participant from Denmark, Eva, said that this is so amazing and it is great fun to meet people from across the globe during this colourful festival.

The seven-day international Kite Festival, celebrated in Gujarat since 1989, will conclude on Sunday (January 14).

The festival coincides with Uttarayan, or Makar Sankranti which marks the days of the Hindu calendar when winters begin turning to summers. It is the country’s largest kite festival, during which the entire city takes to the rooftops.

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