International Kite Festival 2023
The International Kite Festival 2023 officially started on January 7th in Ahmedabad, Gujarat, with a theme centered around the G20 countries. Gujarat Chief Minister Bhupendra Patel inaugurated the event, which runs from January 8th to 14th and marks the first time the festival has been held in two years due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
During the inauguration, Chief Minister Patel praised the progress made by India under the leadership of Prime Minister Narendra Modi, specifically citing the country’s strengthening defense system and digital economy which have helped it become the 5th largest economy in the world.
- The International Kite Festival has been held in Ahmedabad annually since 1989 as part of the official celebration of uttarayan.
- The event brings together master kite makers and flyers from around the world to showcase their unique creations and demonstrate impressive flying techniques.
- Past festivals have featured kites from a variety of countries, including Malaysia’s wau-balang kites, Indonesia’s layang-layang, American giant banner kites, Japanese rokkaku fighting kites, Italian sculptural kites, Chinese flying dragons, and more.
- One particularly notable attraction is the demonstration by master kite maker and flyer Rasulbhai Rahimbhai, who is known for training up to 500 kites on a single string.
G20 Countries Invited to Share Cultural Traditions
This year, delegates from the G20 countries have been invited to participate in the inaugural celebration and share their cultural traditions through kite flying. The International Kite Festival is a beloved tradition in Ahmedabad and an exciting opportunity for kite enthusiasts from around the world to come together and enjoy this unique form of art and entertainment.