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Sankarat “Kite Festival of Rajasthan”

Khamma Ghani to all the readers here is my blog on the famous kite festival of Rajasthan. Rajasthan (Rajputana) is the land of fairs and festivals, it stays dipped in colours of joy and happiness all-round the year. The enchanting aroma of festivals brings people from around the world to this beautiful state of Rajputana. The festivals which are celebrated on different months of the year gives the people visiting a wide view of culture of Rajputana. 

 

The year starts with “Sanakarat” the festival of kites. “Sankarat” is celebrated mostly in the cities of Jaipur and Jodhpur. The festival has an aura of its own; the sight of skies filled with colourful kites in the day and watching the kites with lights flown in night feels like the time has stopped. If you like kite flying, then this is the festival for you.

 

The festival is celebrated in Jaipur on the day of “Makar Sankranti” or “Uttarayan”; it is usually celebrated on 14th of January. According to Astronomical and Astrological heritage of India particularly Rajputana, it is said that this festival marks the transition of sun from “Dhanu Rashi” (Sagittarius) to “Makara Rashi” (Capricorn) it is also indicative of the fact that the sun starts its Northward journey on the same day,  which is considered to be Auspicious.

 

Rituals and Celebrations

 

On “Sankarat” people of Jaipur visit “Galtaji”, an important pilgrimage in Jaipur. People take a holy dip in “Galtaji” and pray to sun god to bless them with good health, good crop and wealth. The day is declared as government holiday in the State which increases the pleasure of festivities. “International Kite Festival” is organised by State government in Jaipur which lasts for a stretch of three days, kite lovers from all over the world come and participate in the festival. You can enjoy the Festival from January 14 to 16 at the Jal Mahal ground in Jaipur (Dates may change, so do check the states festival calendar). If you are in Jodhpur at this time of the year make sure to be at the lawns of “Umaid Bhawan Palace” for attending the festival organised by the Royal Family and State Tourism Department.

 

Kites all shapes and sizes are seen in the sky and the main competition are to cut the strings of nearby kite flyers and bring it down. For this purpose people intend to make their strings and sharp as possible, to give a tough fight to its opponent flyer. The special kite strings are coated with the mixture of glass and glue called as ‘Manjha’. The plain white string is known as ‘Saddha’. 

 

Kites made of leaves, paper, plastics, shiny material cover the sky on this day. All members of family gather on the roof top to enjoy the festival. Women sing traditional songs. They also prepare special food like “Til laddoos”, “Moongfali”, “Gazak”, “Dal Pakodi” and “Gajar Ka Halwa” (will tell you the recipes in my coming blogs J). Over the course of the day relatives and friends visit each other to exchange greetings.

 

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