COMPILED BY NIMI KURIAN

Lahore waits for spring as it is a time for parties and for tens of thousands of multi-coloured kites to soar. Peicha — the act of cutting the other's kite and celebrating the victory — it is said, is all about Punjabi spirit. Celebrated on the first or second Sunday of February, Basant is a 24-hour fest that announces spring. It's marked by kites dotting the sky, people on rooftops, merriment and bhangra remixes. Women in yellow wearing trendy sunshades ferrying food and chai add a dash of glamour. And, of course, the cries of bo kata when another kite is brought down with an expert flick of the wrist.