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Gujarat govt’s kite festival crosses over to other states

Gujarat's International Kite Festival (IKF) just got bigger for its silver jubilee edition. For the first time the festival hosted by the Gujarat government will be held outside Gujarat in Mumbai and Delhi to celebrate 25 years of the IKF.

"Starting this year with Mumbai and Delhi, for the first time Kite Festival will also be hosted in cities outside Gujarat," Tourism Minister Saurabh Patel said on Friday, while addressing a press conference in Gandhinagar.

This festival will also be celebrated at Priyadarshi Park (Mumbai) and at Connaught Place (New Delhi) on January 7, he added.

"The International Kite Festival-Gujarat’s most eagerly awaited event and a huge favorite amongst tourists from across the globe, is all set to initiate its 25th edition this year," Patel said.

Besides, Mumbai and Delhi, the week-long festival which begins January 7 will also be held in other cities of Gujarat like Ahmedabad, Vadodara, Surat, Saputara, Dhordo (White Rann), Modhera, Somnath and Mandvi.

This Silver Jubilee edition of the International Kite Festival will see more than 100 international kitists from countries like United Kingdom, France, Italy, Singapore, Switzerland, Spain, Netherlands, Brazil, South Korea, Indonesia, Vietnam, Philippines and Thailand to name a few. Kite flying enthusiasts from more than 10 states across India will also be participating in this event.

The International Kite Festival was initiated in the year 1988 in the city of Ahmedabad which was attended by later Sir Edmund Hillary. Since then the Kite Festival has grown to become an integral part of the Gujarat's culture.

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