Monday, January 14, 2013

Sankranti - a kite flying festival

Smita told me that I'd missed this (she is my cultural guru who tells me about all the Indian festivals).  The festival of Sankranti is when the skies over cities in Maharashtra fill with kites from before dawn until well after dark. The festival marks the days in the Hindu calendar when winter begins turning to summer. On what is usually a bright warm sunny day with brisk breezes to lift the kites, everyone takes to the rooftops and roadways to fly kites and compete with their neighbors.  I guess I will have to wait until next year to get photos of this!

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