Jaipur is the land of 3 C’s- Color, Craft and Culture. Always dipped in the colors of festival, this place enchants anyone who experiences the glory of fests. The International Kite Festival, Jaipur is one of the most attended festivals in Rajasthan. The most colorful festival of Rajasthan provides unlimited fun and frolic. This festival will be celebrated for 3 days wherein kite lovers from all over the world come and participate. The festival starts on the day of Makar Sankranti (or Uttarayan) on 14th of January and shall continue till 16th of January.
The festival will start at the Jaipur Polo Ground. The festival is divided into two section, one is the Kite War and the other is the Friendly Kite Flying Session. The last day of celebration and the prize distribution too is held after three days, in the Umaid Bhawan Palace’s royal premises.
Kites of all shapes and sizes are flown, and the main competition is to battle nearby kite-flyers to cut their strings and bring down their kites. For this, people find their favored kite-makers who prepare strong resilient kite bodies with springy bamboo frames and kite-paper stretched to exactly the right tension. Lastly, the kites are attached to a spool (or firkin) of manja, special kite-string coated with a mixture of glue and glass to be as sharp as possible for cutting strings of rival kites. At night, kite fighters send up bright white kites to be seen in the darkness, and skilled flyers will send aloft their tukkals with strings of brightly lit lanterns in a long line leading back down to the rooftop. From early morning to late at night, Kite festival provides lots of fun and beautiful sights to remember for a long time.
The people of Jaipur, on this day take a holy dip in Galtaji, an important pilgrimage in Jaipur. They pray to sun god to bless them with good health, wealth and good crop. On this occasion, the pink city turns all colourful with the beautiful kites in the sky. Makar Sankranti is a government holiday in Jaipur, and it undoubtedly increases the pleasure of the festivities. Shopkeepers keep their shops shut, banks remain closed and everybody gets engrossed in kite flying on this day.
Plan to attend this colourful festival of kites and experience the fun along with the culture and good food.