The All-in-one Festival of Gujarat – Uttarayan !!

I would call this the ultimate festival of  Gujarat. Apart from the kites that is known to all, there is music, Lights, Crackers, food, and Dance.

Every year on the 14th & 15th of January you will see Gujarat celebrating this one crazy Kite festival with complete madness and enthusiasm. The 15th of January  known as the Vaasi- Uttarayan has the same anticipation as on the 14th.  The two days you see people at their terraces with the Kites, Music system at the loudest, dances moves at the best, food the most delicious, lamps and crackers all lightening up the sky in the evening.

Vadodara is known to celebrate all the festivals with huge festivity spirit. If you haven’t see the madness, catch it once in your life for sure.

 

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The food is another icing on the sugar. Undhiyu, Jalebi, Chiki are the most wanted dishes of Uttarayan.

Undhiyu is traditional Gujarati style mixed vegetable curry made using winter vegetables and peanuts-sesame-coconut gravy.

Jalebi is a melt-in-the-mouth Indian sweet and can best be described as funnel cakes.

Peanut Chiki is a yummy peanut brittle made with jaggery. It is a perfect snack to gorge on in winters to keep your body warm.

Til Chikki (Sesame Brittle) is made of Sesame seeds, jaggery and ghee, again very good in winters and made in almost every house of Gujarat during Uttarayan.

 

I also visited the International of Kite Festival in Vadodara and here are some glimpses of it.

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27 Comments Add yours

  1. Nadia says:

    I was in Gujarat for this festival several years ago. It was an experience I will never forget.
    Thank you for choosing to follow my blog, and for bringing me here.

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    1. Polomi says:

      So glad to hear you have seen this..thanks for dropping by 🙂

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  2. Dalo 2013 says:

    Great series of photos ~ and there is nothing quite like getting out and seeing a celebration, even if afar (and like me, via a post and words which you have describes so well). One day I would definitely like to see this and enjoy the great food you show. Wish you a great weekend Pols 🙂

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    1. polomim says:

      Thank u so much Dalo !! I am sure you will love it 🙂

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  3. Rajiv says:

    I think I should go there….. one day

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    1. polomim says:

      You shud..try next year!!

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      1. Rajiv says:

        Maybe, maybe…

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  4. It has been a dream of mine to be at the kite festival ! Wonderful pictures and a nice write up !!

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    1. polomim says:

      you should be here next year then.
      thank you for you visit and lovely comments 🙂

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  5. VJ Sharma says:

    Beautiful photographs. I have been seeing great posts about Uttarayan and hope to see this myself and shoot with my Travellingcamer as well. Thanks for sharing this beautiful Photo Journey.

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    1. polomim says:

      Thank u so much.
      But I only wished I cud get better pix to show how it is celebrated here!!

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  6. arunprasadhm says:

    Nice captures.

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  7. Indrani says:

    Wow! A grand event!

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  8. Interesting festival. How was the food?

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    1. polomim says:

      The gujarati food is amazing always, Undhayu n jalebi are special!

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  9. arv! says:

    You should visit Jaipur too on 14 th January. it’s celebrated with huge following… people stick to terrace for whole day, flying kites. In evening lanterns and fireworks follow! It’s being followed since times immemorial.. Maharaja ram Singh II was a patronized kite festival

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    1. polomim says:

      Thanks ..I m yet to see jaipur..will not wait for next 14th jan..will hop in anytime now 🙂

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      1. arv! says:

        Sure… you must! Perfect season too!

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      2. polomim says:

        The Jaipur literature fest isnt it!!!?

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      3. arv! says:

        Yeah! Starts on 21st of this month. you’re planning to come down?

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      4. polomim says:

        Nt sure actually..I wanted to

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  10. Alok Singhal says:

    Awesome, what a lovely celebration it is and 2-days look like a complete festive fever!

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    1. polomim says:

      the madness is huge..my post doesn’t describe it actually..even I was busy enjoying the moments than capturing it 🙂

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      1. Alok Singhal says:

        That is a blessing actually…to enjoy ourselves first!

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