Photos: 29th International Kite Festival begins in Ahmedabad

Uttarayan 2018, the international kite festival was inaugurated by Gujarat Chief Minister Vijay Rupani at Sabarmati Riverfront in Ahmedabad on Sunday. Enthusiasts from India and abroad are taking part in the eight-day festival which will end on Makar Sankranti day (January 14).

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Kite flyers from across the country and abroad are participating in the 29th iteration of the international kite festival that kicked off in Ahmedabad, Gujarat on Sunday. Uttarayan, the kite festival is held annually on the city’s Sabarmati riverfront. (Ajit Solanki / AP)

Kite flyers from across the country and abroad are participating in the 29th iteration of the international kite festival that kicked off in Ahmedabad, Gujarat on Sunday. Uttarayan, the kite festival is held annually on the city’s Sabarmati riverfront. (Ajit Solanki / AP)

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A kite flyer lifts off a stingray shaped kite during the festival in Ahmedabad. Around 150 delegates from 44 countries, including the UK, South Korea, New Zealand, China, Indonesia and Malaysia, have arrived to participate in the event. Nearly 100 enthusiasts from 18 Indian states and hundreds from Ahmedabad also formed part of the crowd. (Ajit Solanki / AP)

A kite flyer lifts off a stingray shaped kite during the festival in Ahmedabad. Around 150 delegates from 44 countries, including the UK, South Korea, New Zealand, China, Indonesia and Malaysia, have arrived to participate in the event. Nearly 100 enthusiasts from 18 Indian states and hundreds from Ahmedabad also formed part of the crowd. (Ajit Solanki / AP)

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Gujarat chief minister Vijay Rupani flies a kite during the inauguration of the 29th International Kite Festival in Ahmedabad on Sunday. This state government-sponsored festival will culminate on January 14, which is celebrated as Makar Sankranti. (PTI)

Gujarat chief minister Vijay Rupani flies a kite during the inauguration of the 29th International Kite Festival in Ahmedabad on Sunday. This state government-sponsored festival will culminate on January 14, which is celebrated as Makar Sankranti. (PTI)

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Enthusiasts launch kites of various shapes and sizes on the first day of the eight-day-long festival. Rupani said the festival will boost the state’s kite industry which employs around 3 lakh people, adding that such festivals are gaining international popularity and also helping in tourism in the state. (Amit Dave / REUTERS)

Enthusiasts launch kites of various shapes and sizes on the first day of the eight-day-long festival. Rupani said the festival will boost the state’s kite industry which employs around 3 lakh people, adding that such festivals are gaining international popularity and also helping in tourism in the state. (Amit Dave / REUTERS)

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School children perform yoga during the inauguration ceremony of the festival. Organised to mark the approaching end of winter on Makar Sankranti --as the sun leaves the month of the winter solstice-- kite-enthusiasts throng to the city’s markets the night prior to purchase supplies for fierce mid-air competitions. (Ajit Solanki / AP)

School children perform yoga during the inauguration ceremony of the festival. Organised to mark the approaching end of winter on Makar Sankranti --as the sun leaves the month of the winter solstice-- kite-enthusiasts throng to the city’s markets the night prior to purchase supplies for fierce mid-air competitions. (Ajit Solanki / AP)

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Kites take to the skies after the festival’s inauguration. Dragon kites and setups of hundreds of kites tied to a single string hogged the limelight on inaugural day. (PTI)

Kites take to the skies after the festival’s inauguration. Dragon kites and setups of hundreds of kites tied to a single string hogged the limelight on inaugural day. (PTI)

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Sarjiyanto Helmi Ginanti, a kite-flier from Bali, Indonesia poses with schoolchildren on day one of the festival. This year about 535 kite fliers are participating in the festival. (Amit Dave / REUTERS)

Sarjiyanto Helmi Ginanti, a kite-flier from Bali, Indonesia poses with schoolchildren on day one of the festival. This year about 535 kite fliers are participating in the festival. (Amit Dave / REUTERS)

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Kite-flying enthusiasts hold up a kite with an image of Kulbhushan Sudhir Jadhav, a former officer in the Indian Navy, who was arrested in March 2016 in the Pakistani province of Baluchistan, at the festival. Besides Ahmedabad, the festival will also be celebrated in other cities in the state, including Jamnagar, Surat, Dwarka, Rajkot, Vadodara and Gandhidham. (Amit Dave / REUTERS)

Kite-flying enthusiasts hold up a kite with an image of Kulbhushan Sudhir Jadhav, a former officer in the Indian Navy, who was arrested in March 2016 in the Pakistani province of Baluchistan, at the festival. Besides Ahmedabad, the festival will also be celebrated in other cities in the state, including Jamnagar, Surat, Dwarka, Rajkot, Vadodara and Gandhidham. (Amit Dave / REUTERS)

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