The International Kite Festival (Uttarayan) is one of the biggest festivals celebrated. Uttarayan is such a huge celebration that it has become a public holiday in India lasting two days. During the festival, local food such as Undhiyu (a mixed vegetable including yam and beans), chikki (sesame seed brittle) and jalebi are served to the crowds. Days before the festival, the market is filled with participants buying their supplies. Every year, Gujarat celebrates more than 200 festivals. The International Kite Festival (Uttarayan) is one of the biggest festivals celebrated.  Months beforehand, homes in Gujarat begin to manufacture kites special box kites for the festival. The festival of Uttarayan marks the day when winter begins to turn into summer, according to the Indian calendar. It is the sign for farmers that the sun is back and that harvest season, Makara Sankranti/Mahasankranti, is approaching. This is considered one of the most important harvest days in India as it also marks the end of winter and the beginning of the harvest season. Many cities in Gujarat organize kite competitions among their citizens.
Uttarayan is celebrated mainly throughout Gujarat, but also in cities in Telangana and Rajasthan. The main event, which is the International Kite Festival, is hosted in Ahmedabad and attracts participants and spectators from all over the globe. Ahmedabad is often called the Kite capital of Gujarat. One of the best places to enjoy Uttarayan is the Sabarmati Riverfront. With a capacity of over five hundred thousand, the area remains flooded with vibrantly colored kites and smiling faces from as early as 5:00 in the morning. Another popular location is the Ahmedabad Police Station, where you can lay down and enjoy the lovely view. Most visitors come from around India, but there are plenty of international tourists as well, especially from countries like Japan, China, Malaysia, the UK, and France. Approximately eight to ten million people participate in the festival every year. The festival symbolizes the awakening of the Gods from their deep slumber; It is believed that the idea of flying kites was brought to India by Muslims from Persia. The Kings and Nawabs of the time thought of it as an entertaining sport and used it to display their skills and prowess. Beginning as a sport for the Royalty, it soon trickled down to the masses.
Exhibiting colors all over, the numerous fairs held near the banks of a lake fill one with a memorable spirit of festivity, fervor, and joy. On the other hand, various organized tours around Kutch are a wonderful opportunity to mix with the people and be a part of the region while experiencing the exclusiveness and enthusiasm of the local life and occasion.
The Kite flying festival is celebrated every year on Makar Sankranti, and there is an age-long history behind this merriment. Winters make one's body dry and dormant, and people suffer from frequent bouts of cold and cough. The move of the sun towards Uttarayana is believed to begin on Makar Sankranti. It is celebrated with much enthusiasm as its rays help heal the infections afflicted a person during winters. Thus, the people of Jaipur cheer over this movement of the sun from Sundhanu Rashi which is the month marked by Sagittarius to the Capricorn month of Makara Rashi.