J & K’s waning tradition comes to life; residents attend kite festival in full glory [details]
The blue skies of Jammu – the winter capital of J&K Union Territory, were dotted with colorful kites on Saturday as a unique ‘kite festival’ was held to revive the city’s ancient tradition. fortified.
Before independence, Jammu was famous for kite flying, especially during the eight day period between Rakshabandhan and Janamasthami, but this age-old tradition is in decline among the younger generation due to online mobile games.
The aim of the kite festival was to revive this tradition. The festival was organized by the Jammu Tourism Authority in collaboration with the Jammu and Kashmir Tourism Development Corporation (JKTDC) at Tawi River Front Park. Due to the Jammuites enthusiasm for kites, the festival saw huge crowds from various parts of Jammu.
50 enthusiasts participate in the event
No less than 50 enthusiasts participated in the event organized as part of “Azadi Ka Amrit Mahotsav” on the glorious 75 years of Independence. Divisional Commissioner Jammu, Dr Raghav Langer opened the event.
Dr Langer said the kite is an integral part of Indian culture. Kites can drag us out of our homes and return to childhood for a while.
Tourism Directorate Jammu Vivekanand Rai said: “Kites have been part of a tradition since ancient times and even today they are used to celebrate various festivals and sentiments.
“Ever since we started thinking about having a kite festival in Jammu we were sure it would get a great reception,” he said, adding, “I want to thank the people of Jammu for ‘having made our initiative a real success and using Indian thread to fly kites.
Trying to revive the centuries-old tradition
The purpose of organizing this event is to revive the centuries-old kite-flying tradition and provide the Jammuites with the opportunity to witness Patanagbaazi in the open air. This festival is also part of the celebrations of Azadi ka Amrut Mahotsav.
It was decided that this event will become a regular event in the coming years and be organized in a grand manner which will help attract tourists from all parts of India.
Subhang Sethi and Mohit Sharma were declared the winners in two categories and each of them won a two night and three day stay in Patnitop for a family of four. All participants presented certificates.
Similar event organized at Samba
The Samba district administration organized a kite festival with the aim of discouraging the use of nylon / plastic threads and simultaneously involving young people and promoting among them the centuries-old cultural sport of kite flying.
Deputy Commissioner Anuradha Gupta said kite flying is a centuries-old culture and is also associated with the aspirations, dreams and imaginations of individuals. DC Samba said the function was organized with the desire to revive the traditional ethic of brotherhood and compassion among the brethren and to start a movement against the use of prohibited threads.