January 14 is by far the best date in the festive year in Gujarat. It's the day when the sun begins traveling towards the northern hemisphere (uttara = north, yana = to go) indicating the winter's retreat. It is said that the gods, who hibernate throughout winter, awake at this time. Although Hindu, the festival colorfully cuts across social divisions of religion, caste and economy. All over Gujarat people fly 'patang' (kites) on colored strings that has been coated in a paste of rice and ground glass (manja) which enables fliers to play-fight by cutting and catching each others kites.
|Dilli Diwarja Patang||Multi-Firki||Flying Colours||Blue Manja|
|Patang-String Paste||Flying Colours||The 'Manja' Spinner||Spinning Rainbows|
|No Strings Attached||'Firki' Minder||Roof-top Action||Above the Chaos|
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