Uttrayan in pictures!

One of the best times to be in Gujarat is during Uttrayan. This festival is celebrated with full gusto by people here.

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One of the most important reason’s this festival is so popular here are the kites! The colours of these kites will fill the skies and there is a mad scramble about to get the kites!


On the 14th of January the terraces wear a festive look all of a sudden with umbrella’s, tents suddenly being set up on the terrace! Music blares from roof tops and those who don’t fly kites will sit and joke or dance! πŸ˜€

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There are kids who will throw tantrums, there will be husbands who say their kite got cut coz the lady holding the reel made a technical error, there will be friends who will fly with turns in holding the reel and yes, almost all the terraces are full of ladies as well. This festival is a full blown family affair celebrated by young, old, man, woman and kids all alike! πŸ™‚


And when the whole family is celebrating the festival, can bollywood be behind?! There were all sorts of actors, actresses on kites. Here one of my friend is happy to let Katrina fly away into the sky, poor soul doesn’t realise that elusive women like her should be held on to tightly! Btw, you know even Salman came to Gujarat to fly kites, err… well he came to promote his movie Jai Ho! Smartly or co-incidentally he was seen with Narendra Modi of all people to have the tongues wagging in the media, their pictures grabbing headlines and I felt neither Modi nor Salman would have complained one bit! Both got enough mileage out of the kite flying! :mrgreen:


I say both of them blew their trumpet to their hearts content, one projected his secular image and the other sought enough attention to keep people aware of the movie he is coming in near future! πŸ˜› Oh and yes, New folder1there were kids too who blew the trumpets with all the wind in their lungs and made life unbearable on the terraces with the unbelievably irritating noise! To cater to kids there was Chota Bheem too to adorn the skies!

Too bad was the fact that I forgot to click a picture of the actual food we had, being busy with kites myself I was late for lunch and by then the presentation was just not possible. However, I do have this one image of ‘Undhiyu’ which is a must eat on this day. Generally the lunch consists of Undhiyu, Poori, Jalebi. Lots of chikki, Til-gud and all sorts of possible goodies you can imagine will be eaten. Its a kind of pot-lunch (actually a full day meal) that everyone brings from their houses to the terrace they all decide to make their base for the day!


The seasonal subzi ‘Undhiyu’ aside its kites, fun, frolic, food, crackers, hot air balloons, music on the terraces all day long!


Apparently these days a lot of people also burst a lot of cracker’s and here is one shot I managed to click of it and I loved it and hence I must share it! πŸ˜€


This year there was an amazing sight in the night, these chinese miniature hot air balloons were left in the air in thousands by all terraces and the night sky was a sight to see… unfortunately I could not capture a picture that would do justice to that sight. It was an ethereal sight, that can only been seen and not captured or described!


Imagine the night sky illuminated by thousands of such balloon’s!!!!! The vast dark night sky was adorned by thousands of such balloons flying about! Until next year then I guess! πŸ˜€ πŸ˜€


19 thoughts on “Uttrayan in pictures!

  1. shail says:

    The cracker shot has come out well. Your mention of Chinese lantern (and the pic) reminded me of a scene described in a book I read recently, of hundreds of such lanterns in the sky in honor of a much respected man who had been killed.
    The colorful kites make such wonderful picture. And you have captured the gaiety and festivity brilliantly. (y)

  2. Sandhya Kumar says:

    I have heard about the kite festival of Gujarat, but no in so much detail!

    Katrina kite? Yes, she is tough to hold on!

    The Chinese lantern is lovely. I can imagine the sky full of them!

    I saw a glimpse of the festival in Bengal in the movie, ‘The Japanese wife’…they showed the kite flying competition! Very interesting!

  3. simplegirl says:

    wow.. That was vivid description of the uttarayan.. Those chinese lanterns are beautiful..I reminded of a story by Victoria Holt, ‘The house of a Thousand Lanterns.’

  4. UmaS says:

    This post is feast to the eyes πŸ˜€
    Love the cracker shot…super cool !!
    I am still waiting for that undhiyu recipe…come on, tell your bestest half to write it down for you to post πŸ™‚

  5. The Girl Next Door says:

    Sigh! Sigh! Sigh! This post brought back that ache in my heart, to visit Ahmedabad. I want to visit NOW! And pig on all that gorgeous food to my heart’s content. Wonder when that will happen. 😦

    Uttarayan is really one of the best times to be in Gujarat. That, and Navratri. This year, heard a lot about the Chinese tukkals from family back home. Must have been quite a sight to see. Missed it. 😦

  6. Shilpa Garg says:

    Wow! Uttrayan at your place is as grand as our place. The Sun Umbrellas are a nice feature. Haven’t seen it on the terraces here!! Love your clicks especially the cracker and the Chinese lantern ones! πŸ™‚

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