Why is 14 January celebrated as international kite day?

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Why is 14 January celebrated as international kite day?

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The fourteenth of January is marked by Makara Sankranti in the Indian Calendars. Makar Sankranti or Uttarayan is a festival that symbolizes the awakening of the Gods who had been under deep sleep and it also shows that the Sun has risen. The time is appropriate for harvest as winter comes to an end and the summer begins. The kites are flown for a healthy exposure to the early morning sun. The initial rays of the sun are a good source of Vitamin D and are considered beneficial for skin. The rays help in fighting infections and sickness caused by the winter winds.      
The kite flying is an old tradition on the day of Uttarayan but it gained popularity in 1989 when the first international kite flying was hosted in Gujarat. In 2012 event, the International Kite Festival was inaugurated by Prime Minister Narendra Modi. People from all across the world visit Gujarat on the day and a competition is held for flying kites. The competition is held every year on a large scale where people from all over the world enjoy the day. Sweets are distributed to symbolize bond and togetherness.


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