Dates for International Kites Festival 2018: 7 - 13 January
What more I could have asked for in the New Year? It started off with my trip to Ahmedabad, Gujarat for the International Kite Festival 2016 (IKF 2016). The International Kite Festival promoted by Gujarat Tourism is one of the oldest festival celebrated in Gujarat. It had been celebrated since 1989 and ever since then it has become the most popular festivals in Gujarat. You will be surprised to know that Gujarat celebrates nearly 2000 festivals each year with Uttarayan (Kite Festival) being most famous. This is the biggest festival here as we can see participants from across the globe taking part in it.
This year the IKF was celebrated on the longest riverfront of the world, Sabarmati Riverfront in Ahmedabad. The event was presided by Gujarat Governor Mr. O. P. Kohli and Gujarat Chief Minister Mrs. Anandiben Patel. The event witnessed kite flyers from 31 countries, 27 Indian States including Gujarat. The sky was flooded with kites of different shapes and sizes
The festival marks the onset of summers. It indicates to the farmers that summers and the harvest season is back which is called as Makar Sankranti. This is such a huge celebration that it has been declared as a public holiday in India. As per Anandiben Patel this festival would help realize us of our goals and resolutions and will also catapult Gujarat to a proud place in the international market.The event started off on January 8th and will last till January 14th.