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17 things Gujaratis do during uttarayan

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The transition of the Sun into Makar(Capricorn) is the time when we celebrate the festival Uttrayan or Makar-Sankranti. It is commonly known as the kite flying festival.

Celebrated widely and enthusiastically in Gujarat, the Gujaratis have some unique ways of  enjoying the festival. Of what I have noticed, there are some really interesting things which every Gujarati can be seen doing during Uttrayan. Here are a few of them –

1. There has to be a guy/girl acting as the DJ on the terrace.

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2. Most of the ladies of the house are busy cooking Undhiyu.

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3. People invite friends and relatives to their terraces for the celebration. All the terraces can be seen full of people celebrating and enjoying.

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4. Some extremely delicious sweets – Chikki are eaten along with jalebis

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5. Most of the people can be seen fighting and arguing on the terrace regarding this one context – “tu maari firki pakad!” 😀

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6. Even if the hand starts bleeding due to the sharp threads, people cover it with band aids and tapes and continue flying kites. 

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7. When a kite goes from above the terrace, people leave everything to go catch it. This may include leaving the already flying kite as well!

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8. Not a single person can be seen without shades/goggles/sunglasses/aviators. Some of these are of horrific bright colors.

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9. The ladies of neighboring terraces can be seen gossiping and collecting random threads and knitting them at the same time.

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10. There is always that one guy on the terrace who will look out for girls to flirt in the nearby terraces.

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11. Most of the houses have irritating vuvuzelas (peepudi, as referred to, in Gujarati) to make noise when they cut someone’s kite

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12. People start flying Gubbare or air balloons in the evenings, so much so that the sky becomes a pretty, pretty sight!

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13. As the sun sets, people start dancing on the tunes of music on the terraces!

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14. By dancing, most of the people mean playing Garba

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15. This is followed by firecrackers

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16. Most of them prefer to have dinner on the terrace itself

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17. People sit on the terraces till late nights and have fun

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How do you celebrate your Uttarayan? Let me know in the comments section below!

Meanwhile, happy Makar Sankranti 🙂

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