Friday, October 22, 2010

Uttarayana — Kite Festival

colofful kites for sale in Uttarayana kite festival
Kites at the market at Dilli Diwaraja which is open 24 hours a day leading up to the Uttarayan Kite Festival
an indian women making kites
A number of households make kites in the Jamalpur area of Ahmedabad. This woman makes around 1000 kites per day leading up to this week's festival
colorful manja threads
Kites & kites string at Manek Chowk. You maybe counting down to Xmas but here in Ahmedabad the next big event is Uttarayan - the Kite Festival on January 14th. Can't wait... always lots of fun! 
indian girl
Flying kites from the tomb of Ahmed Shah during the annual Uttarayan Kite Festival
indian kid making manja in Ahmedabad
At the side of the kite market at Dilli Diwarja there are many of these manja makers with their spinning reels. Here the rice and powdered glass paste are added to coloured dyes and the whole mixture is used to coat the kite strings which are the ready for lively kite-fights
indian girl with kites
A girl from the nearby slum collecting fallen kites (patang) at Manek Chowk in the Old City 
kite seller in india
Seling kites near Dilli Diwarja in the lead up to Ahmedabad's annual kite festival
Uttarayana kie festivalRoof-top set-up for the Uttarayan Kite Festival. Sunshine, good breeze and at least a million co-kite flyers -- what more could you want?

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