The five-day-long festival has started on Wednesday and will continue till Sunday. The festival received an overwhelming response as it got participants both from India and from many foreign countries. After citing the colourful kites carrying different themes, features and messages, viewers were enthralled on the very first day of the festival. [See all pictures of Modi in Kite Festival]
The largest kite, which reportedly were flew by a participant from New Zealand, measures 30 metre in length, including its long tail, and is 10 metre wide. Simon Chisnall, a participant said, "It is different from the usual kites as it requires many strings to get hold of it and it needs strength to make it fly."
Eyewitnesses were thrilled after watching the kites that has been engulfing the Ahmedabad sky since Wednesday. While participants from Bali displayed kites made of palm leaf, paintings of Apsaras, Cambodian temples and Bayon temples caught the attention of the viewers when all those were being featured in the kites of the people participated from Cambodia.
Meanwhile, Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi, while expressing his experience of the international kite festival, tweeted from his personal Twitter account, "Had a great time flying kites. Proud that the Kite Festival has now found a place in the international map of tourism."