Kite flying marks Lohri celebrations in Dubai

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Dubai, Jan 12: Thousands of colourful designer kites fluttered in the air as more than 2,000 people celebrated Lohri here.

The Lohri festival signals the start of harvest season and end of winter chill in North India. Enthusiastic families began arriving from 1130 hrs for the celebrations organised by the Indian Association Dubai (IAD) at the Creek Park Amphitheatre yesterday. The venue served as a perfect backdrop and the breeze from the Creek aided the kite flyers, said IAD Vice-President CS Raghavan.

Specially designed kites of all sizes and colours were flown in from Jaipur just for the occasion, said Mr Raghavan.

While kite-flying is more of an art that tests the skills of the flyers, the sights and the sounds associated with kite-flying are equally engrossing, he said, disclosing that the entertainment for the crowd was well taken care of with popular local DJ Sash entertaining people throughout the day.

''Kite-flying is an extremely entertaining activity that is enjoyed by people of all ages. It has always been a pleasure to be associated with Indian Association for all their cultural events so far. This event is filled with fun and fervour,'' a kite-flying enthusiast told the Khaleej Times.

Khushi Khatwani, President, Indian Association Dubai, said, ''Across Asia kite-flying is associated with a lot of excitement, colour, fun and competition. This event has been organised to relish all the fun associated with kite-flying right here in the heart of Dubai.''

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