COME 14th January, and the sky is a riot of colour. Yes, this day is celebrated in India as Makara Sankranti - heralding the transition of the sun into the Northern hemisphere. The day assumes enormous significance as it is a big kite day in most parts of India when children from 6 to 60 can be seen with their heads turned to the sky! It’s a day when spirits soar in the skies wild with ecstasy.
In cities like Jaipur and Ahmedabad, 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 adversaries’ kites are cut down.
And everyone’s an adversary! Any kite in the sky is fair-game! But for 5 years now is held the Desert Kite Festival every year to coincide with Makara Sankranti - safely.
No one’s lost a kite, yet!