royal splendour to riotous egalitarianism , 14 January is
celebrated in India as Makar Sankranti - heralding the
transition of the sun into the Northern hemisphere.
In Jaipur Kites virtually blot out the sky. Everyone
joins in this riotous celebration and shouts of " Woh Kata
Hai !" reverberate from rooftops to the accompaniment of
drums as adversary's kites are cut down. And everyone's an
adversary! Any kite in the sky is fair game !
Its been five years that this Desert Kite Festival is
held. Kite makers flaunt kites sized as big as 1.5km of various
shapes and Designs. Some carrying messages, some depicting
social issues, some as caricatures of politicians. Its been the
most popular event recently, even tourists can take part in
various kite flying competitions. The colours that flaunt in the
blue sky mesmerises the viewers.