The 30th edition of the 9-day long international kite festival inaugurated ahead of Uttarayan or Makar Sankranti, the day when winter season starts changing to summer and farmers welcome the approaching harvest season, at Sabarmati River Front in Ahmedabad, Gujarat.
This year’s Kite festival 2019 is inaugurated by Gujarat Governor O P Kohli,in which Chief Minister Vijay Rupani, Ahmedabad Mayor Bijal Patel and State Revenue Minister Kaushik Patel also addressed.
This year’s kite festival is participated by about 500 kite fliers from 19 cities of Gujarat and 13 different states of the country are participating. Besides more than 150 kite fliers from 45 different countries are also taking part in the festival.
This year, the Gujarat government has also decided to organise a kite festival at Kevadia, the site of the Statue of Unity, a memorial to Sardar Patel and the also the world’s tallest statue.
Other venues are Vadodara, Kevadiya, Dwaraka, Surat, Rajkot, Jetpur, Songadh, Saputara and Dhordo in which the Kite festivals are planned to take place in the coming days.
Formation: 1st May 1960
Largest City: Ahmedabad
Official Language: Gujarati
Governor: Om Prakash Kohli
Chief Minister: Vijay Rupani