Gujarat’s annual kite festival: Here is the 8 thing that occurred on every Uttarayan
On the Uttrayan the Sun has started the movement to the north, the days have begun to get pleasantly warm and for the people of Gujarat, it only mean a one thing, kite festival is here. Probably the only Indian festival that is modest and yet makes for an awesome experience each time you celebrate it, Uttarayan or the kite festival urges the child within to come out, head to the terrace and get completely lost in the beauty of flying the rising beauty.
Uttrayan is the time when children don’t need to be pushed out of bed, they are already wake up early before you reach to their rooms. Bathed and dressed with a cap on they disappear up the stairs before you say hello.
How early you manage to reach at the terrace, the best spots to fly a kite is already be taken. That one spot with the best wind will see a difficult looking crowd; with all flying their kites hazardously near to the guy who got there first.
You may not take any mixed vegetable shaak that your mom makes any other time during the winter, but at the time of uttrayan it is only ‘undhiyu’ that you want.
Uttarayan means boxes full of til ladoo, badaam pattis, chakhris and many more wintry farsan. One has to constantly chew on these dry sweets and savories while planning the next move.
And worry not, even if your stock finishes, chances are you will find loads of your friends’ boxes scattered about the terrace.
Your childhood best friend will be your biggest enemy during these two days. You may have educated the artificial of flying kites successfully from his father, but you won’t bat before you cut his or his father’s kite.
Some of the people in a group will know nothing about kite flying but you can never tell; they will be dressed most properly for the terrace sport, will shout the loudest ‘Kapio che’ even when they aren’t flying kite, will go ‘What’s up bro? Tu toh gaya’ menacingly to his friends and finally, upload an album called ‘Uttarayan 2016’ on Facebook before anyone else do.
Uttarayan is one great photo capture moment; if your whole morning and afternoon has been spent with flying and cutting kites, your evening will be spent lighting ‘tukkals’ or paper lamps that go up in the air and make for the most breath-taking visual descriptions.