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Kite Festival signifies our love for the nature, says Guj CM at the International Kite Festival at Riverfront in Ahmedabad

Gujarat Chief Minister Smt Anandiben Patel inaugurated the annual International Kite Festival 2016 in the august presence of Gujarat Governor Shri O P Kohli ji at the Sabarmati Riverfront in Ahmedabad this morning.

Speaking on this occasion, CM Smt Patel said that the festival of kites that reflects the festive spirit and colourful nature of Gujarat also portrays our love and respect for nature. While appreciating the performance of ‘Surya Namaskar’ by about 2000 school children, she explained the significance of Sun worship in our culture. The festival inspires us to ascend, she added.

CM Smt Patel pointed that festivals and tourism go hand in hand and the state government has been organizing various festivals like Rann Utsav, Van Utsav, Kite Festival among others with a view to conserve our tradition and strengthen the tourism. She added that such celebrations also bring smile on the faces of the poor as it becomes the source of their livelihood and claimed that kite making industry in Gujarat is now worth Rs. 700 crore.

CM Smt Patel welcomed all the kite flyers from about 31 countries that have participated in this festival and invited people to visit and enjoy the amazing festival of flying kites at the beautiful riverfront. She wished that this festival involving people from all walks of life may take the spirit of brotherhood and our love for the nature to new heights and add more vibrant colours to the glory of Gujarat.

On this occasion, Gujarat Governor Shri O P Kohli, Minister of State for Tourism Shri Jayesh Radadiya, State Minister Shri Pradeepsinh Jadeja, Tourism Corporation Chairman Shri Kamleshbhai Patel, kite enthusiasts, children and citizens in large number remained present.

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