Makar Sankranti also known as the festival of kites is a Hindu festival celebrated in almost all parts of India, Nepal and Bangladesh in many cultural forms. It is a harvest festival that falls on the Magh month of the Hindu Solar Calendar
In various states of India people start enjoying Uttarayan from December through to Makara Sankranti. Undhiyu (spicy, baked mix of winter vegetables) and chikkis (made from til (sesame seeds), peanuts and jaggery) are the special festival recipes savoured on this day.
In the major cities of Ahmedabad, Surat, Mumbai, Rajkot, and Jamnagar the skies appear filled with thousands upon thousands of kites as people enjoy two full days of Uttarayan on their terraces.
When people cut any kites they enthusiastically yell with words like "Kai Po Chhe", "e lapet", "phirki vet phirki" and "lapet lapet".
The day started with the yummy sweets which students bought for each other and teachers. The only thing which each student reciting was " til god ghya ani god god bola" ("have sweet and talk sweetly") in Marathi.
The students were been informed to make their own kites on 14th Jan. As instructed the students made kites of various shapes, sizes and colours. This kites were judged on two categories: 1. Creativity and 2. Height at which the kite was flown.
At 1:00 p.m. the students started with the kite flying competition. The kites were beautiful. There was enthusiasm, energy, and excitement seen in the eyes of all the students. Soon the sky was filled with beautiful kites.
Every group which had participated gave there best. No doubt the judgment to be done was very difficult but the results had to be declared. The teachers finally announced the winners. Both the winning groups were from the first year. This shows that the younger the generation is more creative their brains are.
With the announcement of the result our day came to an end. Both the students and teachers had a great fun time together. This Makar Sankranti will be always remembered.