New Delhi: As the country celebrates the auspicious festival of Makar Sankranti, the state of Gujarat is also celebrating the occasion, which is called Uttarayan in Gujarati.
Uttarayan, the kite flying festival, which falls on January 14, is one of the biggest festivals in Gujarat and is celebrated with lot of fervour and enthusiasm.
On the joyous occasion, Prime Minister Narendra Modi, who hails from Gujarat, greeted the people on the festival of Uttarayan, saying the atmosphere all around is full of happiness.
In a message in English and Gujarati, he said the skies of Gujarat are full of colourful kites and there is an atmosphere of happiness all around.
Greetings on Uttarayan! pic.twitter.com/GvLdUX0P2n— Narendra Modi (@narendramodi) January 14, 2020
About Uttarayan festival
The festival marks the days in the Hindu calendar when winter begins turning to summer, known as Makar Sankranti or Uttarayan.
A festival associated with harvest, the occasion sees people up on their terraces, flying kites while enjoying delicacies. 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.
One of the most popular dishes during this time is Undhiyu, eaten with puri and jalebi, laddoos or surati jamun.
Since 1989, Gujarat Tourism has hosted International Kite Festival as a part of the official celebration of Uttarayan, wherein master kite flyers, craftsmen from different parts of the globe, gather and showcase their unique skills.
People on Twitter extended greetings on the occasion:
May the harvest season bring in a lot of love and joy and many blessings. Wishing you all a very happy #HappyMakarSankranti #Uttarayan #HappyBhogi #Bihu #Pongal pic.twitter.com/yqJFpE4GF8— VVS Laxman (@VVSLaxman281) January 14, 2020
#MakarSankranti #Uttarayan #SaveBirds
Full enjoy our festival with soft heart toward mute birds pic.twitter.com/sB1DvbL3Qh— Mayur Dabhi (@041myt) January 14, 2020
Let’s reign the sky with our kite tied with a goal; let the goal be winning in life
Happy Makar Sankranti..!#MakarSankranti2019 #Uttarayan #Uttarayan2020 #KiteFestival pic.twitter.com/ajuE7Y6Yqa— Dinesh Desai (@meetdineshdesai) January 14, 2020
1. The middle class
2. The women
3. The food– essentially the stuff that makes India what it is. A country that celebrates diversity daily and with festivities. Sharing delicacies, laughter and gossip. Pic – Khichdo. Winter prep of all millets, pulses & greens#Uttarayan2020 pic.twitter.com/pMMc8aY0xB— Rujuta Diwekar (@RujutaDiwekar) January 14, 2020
This time, the International Kite Festival Ahmedabad 2020, will happen on the Sabarmati Riverfront, which has the capacity to host over five lakh people. Participants from countries like Japan, the UK, China, Malaysia, and France are expected to participate in the popular festival.