Uttarayan (usually spoken as Uttraan) is a festive day all over India. Each region celebrates its own local form of this festival. In the western parts of India it is called the “Makar Sankranti” or Uttraan. This is the day winter officially ends and spring begins – a transition symbolic of discarding the previous season and the beginning of a fresh new season.
Unlike other Hindu festivals that follow the lunar motion, Makar Sankranti follows the movement of the sun. It marks the beginning of the sun’s transition into the zodiac of Capricorn (Makar=Capricorn, Sankranti= transition). This makes it the only festival to fall on a fixed date every year – January 14th.
Colourful kites filling up the sky on Uttarayan (Makar Sankranti) is a mesmerizing sight. And this festivity is best cherished with goodies like undhiyu, jalebi, sugarcane, chikkis et al. This is that time of the year when celebrations ring in the air and happiness touches every heart.
This Uttarayan, try to find “Green Kites’ made of Bioplastic film which compliments the go green initiative. The plastic film sheets are termed as “Bioplastic”—Bio as they are 100% biodegradable and compostable. And they are very similar to plastic in terms of strength and usability. Once used, the soil bacteria will decompose 95 per cent of this material to carbon, oxygen and non-toxic bio-mass within 180 days.
It is an eco-friendly idea which leads to sustainable development as far as environment is concerned. And the Kite Festival is one of the best ways for laying the foundation stone to this initiative which would remind us of the good old days when, kites used to be made of easily available materials.
Kites are believed to have been invented in China more than 2,000 years ago, where traditionally they were made from readily available materials such as rice paper, silk and plant fibres.
That’s why we would like to request people to use less kites made of non-recyclable paper / plastic go for eco-friendly alternative that will complement the green revolution and support the cause of clean and green environment
Get your kites ready for the flight with all the technicalities of tying the Kanna / Kinna and readying the Manjha and firki, putting on your sunglasses and cap to pilot your kites to the highest altitude of your dreams. Thereby, as a well-wisher, we advice you to take some precautions –
• If you are an ardent Kite flyer using the sharpest of thread (Manjha) cover your fingers with fibre adhesive tape well in advance and not after getting a cut.
• Do not overrun your terrace in pursuit of a cut off kite. Kites are cheap but your life is not.
• Wear Sun-Glasses to protect your eyes and a Cap / Hat to keep your head in shade.
• Drink water at regular intervals.
• Do not over shout on Uttraan day so that next day you have trouble speaking.
• Take into consideration noise pollution and people’s choices and try to keep the sound of music to your own terrace only, rather than the whole area hearing to your choice of songs.
• Avoid flying kites from roads as it can endanger pedestrians or two wheeler riders with its sharp Manjha (Thread).
• Avoid cutting internet cables while rolling back the manjha or we could be without our beloved internet for a couple of days.
• While riding a two wheeler, make your small one sit behind you. And while riding, go slow, keep an eye to watch out for that stray manjha going back to its owner after the flight is cut off. It can cut off your throat too and give fatal injuries.
• Keep children under your supervision throughout the day, when on terrace.
• Take care of flying birds. Avoid going through their flight path and if accidentally it is cut and falls on your terrace, kindly attend to it with first aid and give it a chance to live.
Team Zenitex wishes you all an entertaining and safe Uttraan day.
Thanks & Regards – Team ZENITEX