The birth of the International Kite Festival dates back in the year 1989 and since then it has been held in Ahmedabad every year. The International Kite Festival is one of the most colorful events in Gujarat.

The sky is filled with dazzling colorful kites that come from all around the globe. The International Kite Festival is celebrated along the same day when Makar Sankranti or Uttarayan is celebrated i.e. on 14th January. Tourism Corporation of Gujarat Limited sponsors the festival.

Kite FestivalThe festival is held either at Sardar Patel Stadium or the Police Stadium.

People eagerly wait for the International Kite Festival, and special excitement is seen in youngsters. International Kite Festival attracts kite enthusiasts from all over the world to gather here on the day to enjoy and test their kite flying skills.

The festival symbolizes the onset of autumn. People irrespective of caste, creed, sex, region, or religion participate in the IKF.

Thus it inculcates the spirit of brotherhood and togetherness among the common men as well as they get the opportunity to meet foreigners.

The Patang Bazaar is the hot spot for the youth during this festival. The sky looks gorgeous with kites in innumerable tones, designs, and shapes of the kites being flown in the air.

During this festive occasion, the markets provide you with distinctive varieties of kites, differing in color, design, and style. Thus, there is a multitude of options available for you to choose from.

Religious Beliefs

International Kite Festival also holds religious significance. The festival is held on Makar Sankranti and on that day it is believed that the sun moves into the northern hemisphere, thus emitting harmful rays. Elders insist on keeping away all things, people visit temples and offer alms to the poor. It is believed that the day marks the awakening of gods who were slumbered for the last six months and the gateway of heaven is opened. It is a signal for merry-making.

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