The Kite Festival of Jaipur is an international festival attracting tourists from all over the world. The entire city comes together to participate in this festival of fun and frenzy. Marking the end of winter the kite festival is celebrated on Makar Sankranti day, a festival celebration across the country in various forms. The only Hindu festival following the solar calendar, Makar Sankranti is considered auspicious and heralds the onset of spring.
For many days preceding the Kite festival, the markets are flooded with kites of all shapes, designs and colors. The night before the entire city is filled with people and markets are open all night selling kites. From Bollywood movies to animal shapes to abstract patterns the vendors have it all. The latest blockbuster movie and superhero kites are the hottest selling.
The people of Jaipur take the kite flying contest seriously and each person has a large stash of kites. It is a family event with all the members gathering on rooftops after their breakfast. Those not flying the kites help out in preparing the kites and getting them ready to use. The control of the kite, the release of the kite at the moment and the tension of the thread are crucial elements for a well-fought contest. The kites fly high in the sky in various shapes and sizes, painting a rainbow hue and blotting out the sky. Drums and fanfare follow the cutting down of kites.
The contest is split into two parts with one being the serious competition and the other a friendly kite flying session. Later in the evening, the night festivities begin. With flying paper lamps, the entire city is aglow in the soft lights from the lights. Fireworks add to the pomp and splendour of the event. As with any festivities, food plays a major part of the celebrations. Jaipur is filled with street vendors making piping hot sweets. The highlight of the occasion is Til ke ladu made from sesame seeds, feeni and gajak.
The joyous celebrations last for three days with people dressed up in gorgeous mirror work lehengas, chaniya cholis and ethnic wear in resplendent colors. Cbazaar has an exclusive collection of ethnics that capture the celebrations, colors and festivities of the Jaipur Kite Festival. Showcasing the crafts of Rajasthan, this collection of sarees and silhouettes have intricate workmanship in vibrant hues.