Makar Sankranti – The Kite Festival
Gujarat is very vibrant with its culture, tradition, and customs and the Makar Sankranti Kite Festival signifies the cultural unity of the state of Gujarat and aims at soaring high in the skies akin the kites. Across the state, one finds a kaleidoscope of cultural and social extravaganza, which makes the festival special. The calm blue skies seem to beckon the kites to challenge them into a competitive mood and as people join in the celebrations to make the festival a grand success, it is only the mutual love and unity that shines in the long run. Youngsters show their willingness to be part of a beautiful phenomenon of festive colours coming to life.
These days the fever of kite festival has spread across India and you can see many kites with paper lanterns attached to them flying high in the sky. Called tukals these lanterns look enchanting as they sway with the stroke of the wind. They thus present a lovely combination of fun, frolic, and enjoyment. Makar Sankranti is the end of a long winter season and is the time when the sun enters the zodiac of Makar and is thus called the Uttarayan or Makar Sankranti.
There is a lot of significance attached to the celebration of this Hindu festival and the major attraction is the Kite Flying festival. It is believed that Gods come back after a long slumber of six long months and are now live with the heavenly feel of the Makar Sankranti ambience.
Celebrated across the country Makar Sankranti is celebrated in various states with various traditions. It is celebrated as Pongal in Tamil Nadu, as Bihu in Assam, as Suggi in Karnataka, as Bhogi in Andhra Pradesh and as Makar Sankrat in Rajasthan.
With the augment of a new season, it is but obvious Makar Sankranti signifies lot of prospects for the society.