My today’s painting is Watercolour- Uttarayan which is an illustration of the Kite flying during this festival. Kite flying is part of Uttarayan festival for more than 1000 years now. But how kite flying got attached to the Uttarayan festival is still a mystery.
Kite flying enthusiasts from different parts of the world come to take part in the International competition held in Ahmedabad, every year.
During Uttarayan thousands of kites take to the sky and kite flying competitions are also held in many regions of Gujarat. People gather on rooftops and terraces to fly kites on this day.
Happy Uttarayan to you all. May all your dreams take flight this year just like the colourful kites in the sky.
More about Uttarayan:
The term Uttarayana is derived from two different Sanskrit words “uttara” (North) and “ayana” (movement) thus indicating a semantic of the northward movement of the Earth on the celestial sphere. The term Uttarayan is popularly used in Gujarat and Maharashtra.
Uttarayan 2020 date is on January 14 in Gujarati calendars. In South India, the northern transit of Sun is known as Uttarayana Punyakalam – a period of six months – and is believed to be the day time of the Devas.
The transition of the sun, or Surya Sankranti, into Makar or Capricorn, is considered highly auspicious and meritorious.