|Written by Adeel Halim|
|Wednesday, 04 March 2009 19:00|
Makar Sankranti is a festival that heralds a change of season, when the sun moves into the northern hemisphere - a celebration to mark the end of winter. These photos taken by photojournalist Adeel Halim in the city of Vadodra in the state of Gujarat, India, from January 13 to 15, 2009. In many parts of India, Makar Sankranti is celebrated as "The Kite-Flying Day." The festival is a time of thanksgiving for the religious, since it marks the awakening of the gods from their long slumber. The gods, who are believed to have slumbered for six long months, are now awake and the portals of heaven are thrown open. It is also a signal for merry-making. The kite flying has a fascinating history; man has had the desire to fly since time immemorial. It was the spirit of man and his imagination that ultimately led to the invention of kites.
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