Kite Flying Festival
Kite flying festival is celebrated by the people of Rajasthan especially in Jaipur and
Bikaner with regional cultural tradition and traditional flavor. Usually it is organized for
celebration in April/May, date relying on Hindu calendar and is one of its kind festivals
in India which attracts the best kite flyers and kite lovers of the world to participate
in this unique festival to show their kite flying skills. The fervor of the people for this
festival is so high that they don't care of slightly hot weather or sand-storms but celebrate
this festival with zeal and vigor. Various sizes, colors and shapes of kites fly in sky and
sky remains full of kites to the utter delight of the viewing public.
People of all ages join
this momentous fest. This is three-day mega festival. During the festival, two distinct
segments of events take place - the kite flying competition and the exhibition flying.
Kite flying competition is passionate rivalry between kite flyers comprising of trophies
and awards for best kite flyers. While in exhibition flying, proficient kite flyers from all
over the world are take opportunity to exhibit their unusual kite flying proficiency and
On this occasion, special dish of the day-'Khichari' and 'Imlani' are prepared by the
people. Preparation of 'Khichari' (local dish) is made by half-broken rice, whole Moong
Dal (a pulse) and Ghee boiled in salted water. A sweet & sour tamarind liquor spotted
by powder mixture of Jeera (cumin seed), Pudina (mint leaves) and Ilaichi (cardamom)
is also prepared called 'Imlani'. Fascinatingly, this cheerful food is quite like a patient's
diet that suites all kinds of people very nutritiously and this is easy to digest, healthful
and appetizing too. 'Imlani' is not only lip smacking but also an instant energy supplier.
Indeed this is a pulsating and exceptional way of celebrating the festival at magical city
of Jaipur and desert city of Bikaner.
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