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From royal splendour to riotous egalitarianism, 14 January is celebrated in India as Makar Sankranti – heralding the transition of the sun into the Northern hemisphere.

In Jaipur kites virtually blot out the sky. Everyone joins in this riotous celebration and shouts of ” Woh Kata Hai !” reverberate from rooftops to the accompaniment of drums as adversary’s kites’ string is cut. And everyone’s an adversary! Any kite in the sky is fair game!

This Kite Festival is being held for the past five years. Kite makers flaunt kites sized as big as 1.5 mtr of various shapes and designs. Some carrying messages, some depicting social issues, some as caricatures of politicians. It has been the most popular event recently with even tourists taking part in various kite flying competitions. The colours that flaunt in the blue sky mesmerize the viewers.


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