Ahmedabad: Every year, Gujarat celebrates more than 200 festivals. The International Kite Festival (Uttarayan) is regarded as one of the biggest festivals celebrated.Months before the festival, homes in Gujarat begin to manufacture kites for the festival.
This time during the famous international kite festival, Uttarayan, hosted every year in Ahmedabad, Gujarat, get a dose of politics. The nine-day-long event will start from January 7 as a part of the Makar Sankranti festival.
Many cities in Gujarat organize kite competition between their citizens where the people all compete with each other. In this region of Gujarat and many other states, Uttarayan is such a huge celebration that it has become a public holiday in India for two days.
In 2012, the Tourism Corporation of Gujarat mentioned that the International Kite Festival in Gujarat was attempting to enter the Guinness World Records book due to the participation of 42 countries in it that year. The Tourism Corporation of Gujarat is organising the festival for the last 27 years.
The markets in the commercial hub of Gujarat, Surat, are busy selling kites with pictures of Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Congress president Rahul Gandhi like hot cakes, days ahead of the festival. The shopkeepers have stocked their shelves with kites on various themes, including dragons, gods and goddesses, to name a few.
However, patrons prefer to buy kites with political motifs. It is not just Modi and Rahul kites which festival-goers are queuing up to buy. Artistes have also designed kites with Swachh Bharat Abhiyan (Clean India Mission) and bullet train themes, both pet projects of PM Modi.
Buyers are crazy about buying kites which feature both Modi and Rahul in one frame.
People of the state have heaved a sigh of relief after the end of elections which saw hectic political activities in Gujarat.
In the recently held Assembly elections in Gujarat, where both Modi and Rahul campaigned relentlessly, the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) emerged the winner by bagging 99 seats in the 182-member state Legislative Assembly.