This Makar Sankranti Explore The International Kite Festival Uttarayan, In Gujarat For A Refreshing Start In 2024!

Indian Culture By Akarshi Srivastava | 4 min read

International Kite Festival

Gujarat – A state that has a vibrancy in its name only. What comes to your mind when you first listen the name of this state? Probably the energetic folk dance Garba or Dandiya or the sparkling costumes. Some people might even wonder the beauty of the Rann of Kutch or even go rapid while talking about the beauty of the culture of Gujarat. Well, why not experience all this by yourself in 2024? The International Kite Festival happening soon in Gujarat is a great excuse for you to explore this beautiful state in person. This festival is an international calendar blockage as people from 49 different countries come to visit this. So, are you booking your tickets right now?

What is International Kite Festival?

The International Kite Festival in Gujarat is one of the most vibrant and colorful festivals celebrated every year since 1989. Commonly known as Uttarayan or Makar Sankranti, this festival is a retreat in winter season. With visitors from more than 45 countries, it becomes a must to visit the International Kite Festival of Ahmedabad.

International Kite Festival Gujarat
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A grand celebration with colorful kites flooded in the sky and the vibrance of pure gujarati culture illuminating the vibe, this uttarayan festival is a must visit in January.

International Kite Festival 2024 – Date, Time, Venue

This year, the festival will begin on 8th January and end on 14th January. Thousands of people from all over the world unite together to participate in the kite festival in Ahmedabad. Though it is celebrated all over the country but Gujarat and especially Ahmedabad has a whole different vibe. This International Kite Festival is organized in the Sabarmati River Front on the Ashram Road, Ahmedabad. The timings are 8 AM to 5 PM as the kites blow the sky during the day time only. However, the fun does not ends here as the venue has a special celebration during the dark as well.

What to do after the kite festival?

For all the visitors, the celebration does not end with the sunlight as there are multiple things to explore at night as well. Just when you will think that you are done for the day and the festival couldn’t get any more magical, the night sky will start glowing like a diamond. It is so because as soon as the sun sets, people attach people attach beautifully crafted paper lanterns which shines throughout the night. Over the years multiple advancements are made to modernize the ways of lighting up a lantern but the pattern remains the same, a beautiful night sky glowing with hundreds of lanterns.

Lanterns at the Kite Festival
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So, after the kite show ends, you do not have to rush back home. Instead, stay for a while and cherish the child inside you with the mesmerizing glowing night sky view at the Sabarmati River Front, Ahmedabad.

Why is it celebrated – Significance of Uttarayan

A great question that might strike your brain is that what is the point of hosting this big International Kite Festival on Makar Sankranti or Uttarayan. Well, the rich historic Indian culture has an interesting story attached with everything and we bet you were unaware or this one. The term Uttarayan derives from two different Sanskrit words Uttar – meaning North, and Ayan – meaning towards. So, it signifies the movement of sun towards the northern hemisphere of earth. So, the six months period of Uttarayan beginning from 14th January to 14th July holds a significance for the purpose of sowing in the Indian culture.

Uttarayan Kite Festival Gujarat
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On the 14th of January, crops are reaped, symbolizing new beginnings and preparing the soil for sowing fresh seeds. The act of flying kites during Uttarayan signifies the advent of freedom and joy, as kites, being free to fly high without any constraints signifying unrestricted celebration. Makar Sankranti, also known as Uttarayan, is a celebration of unbridled freedom and joy as well. This is evident in the grand scale of the International Kite Festival held in Gujarat. So, in 2024, are you ready to relive the happiness of having complete freedom in your life?

Interesting facts about International Kite Festival

  1. The celebration of the Kite festival began in 1989 in Ahmedabad. While the actual reason behind hosting the first ever kite festival remains a mystery, it has been 34 years since it is organized on an international level in India.
  2. Ever since the beginning only, i.e. from 1989, the kite makers from countries like Indonesia, Japan, USA, Malaysia participate in this festival.
  3. Patang Bazar is a popular kite market in Ahmedabad that opens 24 hours a week before the start of the International Kite Festival.
  4. Around 5 Lakhs people from all over the world witness the glory of this makar sankranti celebration in Ahmedabad.
  5. The Kite museum near the Sabarmati West Riverfront in Ahmedabad displays all the different varities of kites that are going to be launched in the Kite Festival a week before it begins. So, it becomes a major tourist attraction during that time.

Do’s and don’ts for the Kite Flying Festival 2024

Do’s – Stay hydrated at all times during the festival as roaming around all day with a head positioned towards the sky might drain your energy. This will cause headache, uneasiness and dehydration. So, to stay healthy you must drink appropriate amount of water throughout the day.

Kite Festival
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Next up is keeping the children and elder people of your family safe. As, the sabarmati river front has a capacity to host 5 lakhs people so the over-crowded area can confuse children and elder ones so keep them close.

Don’ts – Avoid indulging in fake tour guide packages as people might trick you into false advertising or money laundering.

Now that you know everything about the International Kite Festival of Ahmedabad, you might have developed the curiosity to visit and witness what the world is mad about. If you visit to rebirth the child in you, then happen to leave a comment. This new year, let’s make it a collective hobby to explore the positive parts of India with Mad4India.

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Frequently Asked Questions

When is the international kite festival 2024?

Every year, it is celebrated on 14th January in Ahmedabad. Do visit once to witness the unbelievable Gujarati enthusiasm.

How to book tickets for Gujarat’s uttarayan festival 2024?

The entry for the Uttarayan festival of Ahmedabad, Gujarat is free of cost. But for flying kites you can buy an affordable ticket from the offline registered counter only.

Which is the best place for makar sankranti celebration in Gujarat?

You can have the best makar sankranti celebration of your life at Sabarmati Riverfront Gujarat.

Uttarayan festival is celebrated in which state?

Uttarayan is celebrated all over India but for a grand and unforgettable celebration, it is advisable to visit the kite festival in Gujarat.

If you loved discovering all the details to kickstart a happening new year 2024 while enjoying the frolics of Gujarat, then do have a look at From Poush Mela To Pushkar Mela, 6 Must-Visit Melas In Winter That You Can’t-Miss in 2024!

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