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.