Why Kite flying on Makar Sankranti – 14th or 15th Jan Every year

Kite sold on occasion of Makar Sankranti (Uttrayan)

Makar Sankranti is celebrated every year on 14th or 15th January and it is considered to be important and one of the colourful festival.

This festival refers both to a specific solar day in the Hindu calendar and a Hindu festival in reference to deity Surya (sun) that is observed in January every year. It marks the first day of sun’s transit into the Makara (Capricorn), marking the end of the month with the winter solstice and the start of longer days.

Makar Sankranti is observed with social festivities such as colourful decorations, rural children going house to house, singing and asking for treats (or pocket money), melas (fairs), dances, kite flying, bonfires and feasts.

Do we know Why Kite Flying / Makar Sankranti is celebrated?

After months of a long winter season, Makar Sankranti is a festival that all Indians awaits. The festival of Makar Sankranti or Uttarayan is believed to be a benefit to health in multiple ways. From this day, the northward movement of the Sun begins.

Exposing in this initial sun rays are healthy to gain Vitamin D. It is considered to be good for skin and helps to fight few infections which are caused during winter season.

Sankranti is celebrated almost on January 14, the festival marks the arrival of the spring.

Traditionally, people share and eat sweets and laddoos made of sesame (til) and jaggery (gur) that helps in keeping our body warm during the still chilly weather.

Tilgud Laddoo,sweet exchanged in Makar Sankranti

Another custom is Kite flying, which is both fun and beneficial for health, as it allows us to stay in the sun – a plus point in the winter.

Alternate positive perception of seeing a kite flying high is that you will rise high in life.

The famous Kumbh Mela is held on Makar Sankranti, which involves Hindus taking a dip in the holy rivers to cleanse themselves of sin.

Ladies performing dip in Ganga

International Kite Flying in Gujarat

See millions of brightly colored kites take over the sky from sunrise until sunset at this festival, which marks the occasion of Makar Sankranti (the transition of the sun into the northern hemisphere) and celebrates life and fertility. The event attracts kite flyers from many different countries. In addition to kite flying, there’s aerial acrobats, kite painting competitions, and kite making workshops. Great fun for kids!

This is happening from 7th Jan, 2018 to 14th Jan, 2018 at Sabarmati River Front, Ashram Road, Ahmedabad, Gujarat. Also at Jaipur in Rajasthan (January 14).

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