The International Kite Festival is an annual event that takes place on Makar Sankranti in the city of Jaipur. The colours of the pink city shine brighter as a slew of vivid, colourful kites adorn the placid sky of Jaipur and present an enthralling spectacle. The rock music and meticulous dancers add to the vibrancy of the ambience. The festival attracts enthusiastic kite fliers from different parts of India to enjoy the delight of kite flying. It is one of the most colourful festivals and is marked by much amusement and excitement.
Held on the occasion of Makar Sankranthi, the Kite Festival of Jaipur takes place in January every year. Various kite flying competitions are organised at the Polo ground of Jaipur where the festival is hosted. If you want to experience the glorious sight of thousand kites, make sure to catch a glimpse of the lanterns at night.
The history behind it:
Makar Sankranti marks the shift in the position of the sun. There is no much religious background or story to the festival but it has become a custom in the state to fly kites on this day.
Celebration in the state:
Jaipur International Kite Flying Festival 2020: The fun and fervor of kite flying are never less. For that matter, the state government organizes the International Kite Flying Festival in Jaipur. The event is always arranged at a magnificent level and is inaugurated in the Jaipur Polo Ground. The ground is divided into two sections, one for kite war and another for a friendly kite-flying session. The participation is massive and on the last day of the festival, there is a prize distribution session too in the Umaid Bhawan Palace’s royal premises.
The vibe in the state:
14th January is a government holiday in Jaipur. The shops are shut, the banks remain closed and the only place where you see people is on the terraces. The verandas, balconies and the open grounds are full of people flying their kites high. The sky on this day looks like a maze of colorful flies. Kites of every possible color, from indigo, orange, pink, yellow, blue, green, red, brown, and white, is seen in the sky. People of all age groups fly the kites. From dusk to dawn, the spirit never seems to drop. When a kite is cut, there is a big shout, “Woh kata” and when it is quietly sailing high, the music beats keep rolling.
Coming to another part of the festival is the preparation of all sweets and savories. Til laddu, Gajak, and papdi are some energy boosters for people throughout the day.
The night of the festival is not dull either. The Jaipur sky is more lit up and more beautiful in the night with all the lanterns or paper diyas flying high in the sky.
Kite flying in Jaipur is a unique experience for tourists. If you have already planned to be here on these dates then do ask your Rajasthan tour packages provider for a Kite festival tour or for an evening (5.30-7.30) booked at some rooftop like Tapri Central. The view of kites coming down and lanterns going up is mesmerizing. Of course, in the day time, you can go to the Jaipur Polo ground to fly the kites.