In the hustle and bustle of busy lives with innovations galore, it is easy to forget the simple traditions that can bring so much pleasure.
To many people in Southern India today is New Year’s Day, otherwise known as Makar Sankranti. The festival is timed as such because it is the annual northward movement of the Sun and families everywhere enjoy the produce of the first harvest.
For 25 years, to celebrate this occasion, the International Kite Festival has been held where people from around the world join their Indian friends to fly beautiful, brightly coloured and often homemade kites in the sky.
This year thousands of kite flyers from 50 countries have joined in on the tradition at Sabarmati river front and I can imagine it is quite a spectacle.
I’m told a greeting at this time of year is ‘Eat something sweet, say something sweet’. So as I tuck in guilt free to some chocolate, I’d like to wish everyone a happy Makar Sankranti!
If anyone has photos to share of the days events I would love to see them!