As the wind howled, colorful kites of ruby
red, canary yellow, and emerald green dotted the horizon. The
radiant laughter of children, racing after their kites, filled
the air. Parents were lost in the precious memories of their past,
as they taught their own children the art of kite-flying.
This was the scene
at the BAPS Shri Swaminarayan Mandir in Atlanta on Saturday, January
17, 2009 when the Hindu festival of Uttarayan was celebrated with
great fanfare. Similar was the scene at Ayala Park in Chino Hills,
CA where BAPS Shri Swaminarayan Mandir, Los Angeles had organized
its first kite festival. It was an event enjoyed by one and all.
Uttarayan, also known
as Makar Sakranti, is the day when the sun starts to travel northwards
marking the decline of winter. Usually falling on January 14th,
Uttarayan is associated with kite flying, particularly in Gujarat.