Kite flying is a means of fun and entertainment and it also reflects our culture and traditions that has been carried forward since generations. Kite Festival 2018 is being organized by Telangana Tourism with great fanfare in January, 2018. The success of Kite Fest organized in the years 2016 & 2017, has brought a new identity to the tradition of Kite flying. Now, Hyderabad is all set to host Kites Festival 2018, with enthusiastic participation from scores of national and international flying clubs.
The International Kite Festival will take place in Hyderabad, accommodating visitors from many international destinations. The festival celebrations will reflect a rich tapestry of culture, kites and craft that Hyderabad is known for. Bringing together international teams of professional kite-flyers, along with thousands of kite-enthusiasts from around the city, the festival aims to educate and entertain through a series of kite-making workshops, kite-flying lessons, and kite-fighting competitions against the backdrop of a regional food fair, and arts and crafts mela. Kites fill the skies of Hyderabad with high flying colours during the Kite festival which is one of the popular events organized in the month of January. The surprising element of Kites Festival 2018 is night-time Kite flying.
Hon’ble Chief Minister Government of Telangana
Hon’ble Minister ST Development, Tourism & Culture Government of Telangana
Secretary to Government of Telangana Youth Advancement, Tourism & Culture Department
Telangana State Tourism Development Corporation
Commissioner of Tourism Government of Telangana
Managing Director Telangana State Tourism Development Corporation Hyderabad
Telangana, India’s youngest state, is at the forefront of promoting its heritage, art and culture with several policy initiatives by the government. The name "Telangana" refers to the term Trilinga Desa in Hindu mythology, and is believed to have been derived from the word Telugu Angana used during Nizam Rule to differentiate it from the areas where Marathi and Kannada were spoken.
Telangana region was ruled by several dynasties like Satavahanas, Kakatiyas, Chalukyas, Mughals, Qutub Shahis and Asaf Jahis. Geographically, the city of Hyderabad is known for its pivotal position in the heart of South Central India and boasted of its own paper currency, coinage, and stamps before Independence.
Telangana came into effect on June 2nd, 2014 as ‘Telangana state’, the 29th state of Indian Union. The state has been witnessing rapid strides with an impressive track record of growth and development. The priceless heritage of Telangana, dates back to several hundreds of years. The lakes, monuments, historic temples, forts, pristine nature, forests and much more collectively make Telangana, a state to beckon with.
The art and culture of Telangana needs no special introduction. Right from Bathukamma to Bonalu and Christmas to Ramzan, the region has always been a focal point of secular traditions and rich culture. After state formation, the region has been leaving no stone unturned to preserve its traditions and promote its varied culture, which has always been the hallmark of the state’s religious and cultural diversity.
Sankranti is a grand festival of harvest celebrated in India. It is derived from the word 'Sankramana', which means 'change'. The festival is also called as 'Makara Sankranti', since the Sun enters 'Makara Rasi' on this day, which usually falls on the 14th of January every year.
Sankranti is a three-day festival. The first day of this festive season is 'Bhogi', while the second day is 'Makara Sankranti' and the third and last day is called 'Kanumu'. 'Bhogi' is a day when people wake up early in the morning and bonfires are organized by burning old waste material in homes, marking farewell to winter. On the occasion of Sankranti or Pongal, Sweet food is prepared using freshly harvested rice, jaggery as well as vegetables, and fresh milk in new pots. The prepared sweet called Pongal is offered to Sun God. The third day of Kanumu is a special day meant for cattle, which are given a fresh bath and then dressed and decorated with flowers.
According to Hindu Panchangam, there are two Ayans (solstices) every year, which involves sun changing its position twice each year. These changes are called Uttarayana (summer solstice) and Dakshinayana (winter solstice). Uttarayana marks the time when Sun travels from the Tropic of Capricorn towards the Tropic of Cancer. This is a six-month long period. Uttarayana begins from Makar sankranti. Days are longer while nights are shorter during this period of Uttarayana. It coincides with the Hindu month of PushyaMasam. According to our shastras, Uttarayana is considered a period of positivity and Hindus usually take up worship, yagnas, austerities, donations and charities etc., during this period.
Dakshinayana is the southern transit of the Sun, marking the six-month period between Summer solstice and Winter solstice, when the sun travels south on the celestial sphere. Dakshinayana is the period when Sun travels back from Tropic of Cancer to Tropic of Capricorn and it usually begins on Karka Sankranti or July 16th. It marks the end of the six-month long Uttarayana period of Hindu calendar which starts during Makar Sankranti. According to Puranas, Dakshinayana is the period in a year when the gods and goddesses are in their celestial sleep.
The festival is celebrated in different ways in many parts of the country, since it is a harvest festival where farmers offer their prayers to god for a good harvest. Sankranti is called 'Pongal' in the state of Tamilnadu and is also marked as PeddalaPanduga in certain parts of Andhra Pradesh. In Uttar Pradesh, Sankranti festival is called 'Khichiri' and marks the start of a month long 'Magha-Mela' fair at Prayag (Allahabad). In Maharashtra people exchange multi-colored tilguds and til-laddus made from til (sesame seeds) and sugar, jaggery on the Sankranti day. It is celebrated as Lohri&Maghi in Punjab. People of Rajasthan and Gujarat offer thousands of colorful oblations in the form of beautiful kites, which fly all over the skyline. It has become a well-known international event in Gujarat. Likewise, in the state of Telangana, Kite flying is associated with this harvest festival in a big way!
Telangana is a region, which is considered unique due to its geographical location, with influence of different cultures. Moreover, the cosmopolitan nature of the city with people from different parts of India making the state their home has given rise to a unique culture, where the Sankranti festival is celebrated in North Indian as well as South Indian styles. Apart from colorful rangolisin front of homes, and other festivities, people fly Kites, made of different colors on this festival. In fact, revelers look forward eagerly for the festival season, to fly Kites from rooftops and in open spaces.
The festival of Sankranti introduces kite enthusiasts all over to the intriguing beauty and the exquisite cultural diversity of India. Young and old, people from different sections of the society carefully choose Kites and the threads required to fly them. The fun starts at least two weeks before the festival season of Sankranti, with the change in seasons bringing a favorable wind direction. Flying Kites is a long-cherished tradition of Telangana, with the skyline of Hyderabad and other towns and villages coming alive with Kites of various sizes and colours. It is no wonder that this tradition has given a fillip to Kite festivals, that brings together Kite enthusiasts under one roof.
Kite flying has been a long-cherished tradition of celebrating Sankranti in Telangana. It is a memorable festival season in the state, when hundreds of enthusiasts would assemble with friends and family to play the festival with colourful hues, dotting the skyline. For many, it is a trip down the memory lane. These days, Kite flying is being done on a large scale with the enthusiastic participation of revelers in Telangana, along with other important players in travel and tourism industry. This has now become an important event in the tourism calendar.
Telangana’s first international kite festival was held on 14th& 15th January, 2016 at the Aga Khan Academy, Hyderabad campus. This two-day event was an exciting initiative by the Department of Youth Advancement, Tourism and Culture of the Telangana State Government, in collaboration with the Royal Kite Flyers Club of India and Aga Khan Academy.
Bringing together international teams of professional kite-flyers, along with thousands of kite-enthusiasts from around the city, the festival aimed to educate and entertain through a series of kite-making workshops, kite-flying lessons, and kite-fighting competitions.
From the traditional Patang to Thailand’s Octopus kite, over 120 varieties were part of Telangana’s 1st International KITE Festival that brought together 33 flying experts from across the globe.
The kite flying tradition during Sankranti festival period has been taking place for so many decades in Telangana State. To revive this tradition, the Government of Telangana celebrated 2nd International Kite Festival coinciding with Makar Sankranthi with the financial support of Ministry of Tourism, Government of India and in partnership with Aga Khan Academy.
The festival was organized with a social cause of raising awareness regarding the importance of education and empowerment of girl children from the lower socio-economic bracket by providing access to world class education. Ms. P.V. Sindhu, Badminton player was the face of the festival so as to promote the cause of empowerment of girl children.
Kite flyers of different clubs from various national & international destinations took part in the 2nd International Kite Festival. This involved 40 National kite flyers and 70 International clubs from 17 countries like France, Indonesia, Japan, Singapore, Australia, London, South Korea, Sri Lanka, Italy, Malaysia, Netherlands, South Africa, Ukraine, Cambodia and Poland.
Service for a cause is service to the nation. There are many causes, that require benevolent actions from us, to provide a helping hand to the needy. It will go a long way in showing humanity to those who are in need. Kites Festival 2018 also provides an opportunity to show your service oriented deeds. Be part of this endeavor, and extend your helping hand!
Young girls deserve a bright future with education to stand on their own feet and become active members of the society. Come forward, and adopt a girl child. Provide education to them, with your kind support. Make a difference in their lives!
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Tourist Information Officer
Mr. Paavan Solanki