Scores of kites ­representing ­cartoon characters, political figures and various other interesting ­personalities, in different shapes and colours, dotted the skyline of Delhi. The event took place at city’s Central Park on January 7 to mark the beginning of the 26th International Kite Festival. The ­fest will now travel to Mumbai, and then to four different places in Gujarat before it culminates in Ahmedabad on January 14.
Participants from across the globe — such as Russia, Ukraine, Malaysia, Vietnam, France and Estonia ­participated in the festival, that immersed the Capital’s sky with a riot of colours.
“The craze here and the ­promotion by the government is exemplary. Flying a kite is an amazing experience,” said a participant from Malaysia. Another participant, Antonio Lino, 52, from France said, “This is my first visit to India. I have got two kites, one a huge rectangular one that is black in colour and the other one in the shape of a chilli. I have made the black one especially for this festival in India.”All participants were instructed to use the nylon thread that does not cause any harm as it is ­thicker and soft, unlike the traditional ­‘manjha’ (glass-powdered thread) that injures people and birds.