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(DAY 327) Makar Sankranti in Jaipur - A Sky Full of Kites and Joyous Shouts

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Gaurav Parashar

In Jaipur, Makar Sankranti, also known as Sakrant, transforms the skyline into a mesmerizing canvas adorned with colorful kites, echoing laughter, and the delightful aroma of moong dal pakode. This celebration is not just a festival; it's a spectacle that paints the city in hues of joy.

The Rooftop Extravaganza

Almost every house in Jaipur has its inhabitants perched on the roof, armed with vibrant kites, sipping on chai, munching on moong dal pakode, and playing foot-tapping music on speakers. The atmosphere is electric, and the camaraderie is contagious. It's a sight that captures the essence of community and celebration.

Kite-Flying Chronicles

For me, flying a kite on Sakrant is a ritual, a tradition etched in the fabric of my memories. The joy of shouting "Wo kate" as you cut through someone else's kite is unparalleled. It's not just a competition; it's a celebration of skill, strategy, and the simple pleasure of connecting with others through a string in the sky.

Sky Lanterns and Evening Magic

As the sun begins to bid adieu, the festivities don't end. Jaipur's evening sky is soon adorned with the soft glow of sky lanterns, creating a magical atmosphere. However, a word of caution – while releasing lanterns is a beautiful tradition, safety is paramount. Ensure they are flame-resistant and won't pose a risk of burning and falling.

The Dark Side: Birds and Safety

As much as we revel in the joy of kite flying, it's essential to acknowledge the darker side. Many birds get injured due to the manja (kite string) and the relentless pursuit of kite enthusiasts. It's a reminder to celebrate responsibly and be mindful of the impact our festivities may have on the environment.

Makar Sankranti Across India

While Jaipur's Sakrant is a spectacle like no other, Makar Sankranti is celebrated with unique fervor across India. From kite-flying in Gujarat to the grandeur of the Ganga Sagar Mela in West Bengal, each region adds its flavor to this harvest festival. It's a testament to the cultural diversity and rich tapestry that defines our incredible nation.

Makar Sankranti in Jaipur is more than a day of festivities; it's an expression of joy, unity, and cultural pride. As we revel in the merriment, let's also be mindful of the impact on our surroundings and ensure that the celebration is a harmonious blend of tradition and responsibility.