Saturday, January 12, 2008

Loser in a kite fight

This kite was seen hanging in the ixora tree. It had lost a kite fight and drifted into the tree. There are many colorful kites with various designs, some quite big that take part in the kite fights during the festival of Sankranti. The abrasive line (called "maanjaa" here) used to fly the kite is coated with crushed glass and rice glue and some dye. Two or more kites engage in a fight and the one still in the sky is the winner. Groups of people gather on the roof/terraces of buildings and shout vigorously when they win a fight. Young children run through the streets unmindful of the traffic chasing drifting kites that have lost the fight.

During this festival people have colorful Rangoli (sandpainting) in front of their houses and they make traditional dishes. For colorful pictures of sandpainting and the reel used to wind the coated line to the fly the kite, take a look at this blog.

"A certain amount of opposition is a great help to man. Kites rise against, not with, the wind. Even a head wind is better than none. No man ever worked his passage anywhere in a dead calm." -inaccurately attributed to Lewis Mumford


Sandy said...

How interesting and that they are decorated in that way, wow.

I learn a lot coming here.


zakscloset said...

sounds like a fun festival. we used to fly kites in the new year in japan. btw, thanks for the link to the airplane safety article. that was quite interesting. and i still wish i could drink because it looks like some of them (like wine) make food taste sooooo good!

Ash said...

Good one!