Makar Sankranti

The festival of Makar Sankranti is a uniquely Gujarati festival, when the skies over most cities of the state fill with kites from before dawn until well after dark. The festival marks the days in the Hindu calendar when winter begins turning to summer, also known as Uttarayan. On what is usually a bright warm sunny day with brisk breezes to lift the kites aloft, across the state almost all normal activity is shut down and everyone takes to the rooftops and roadways to fly kites and compete with their neighbors.

The atmosphere is wonderfully festive, as families gather on the rooftop, special foods like sesame laddoos , undhiyu or surati fafda-jalebi are prepared for eating over the course of the day, and friends and neighbors visit each other for group kite-flying fun.