Makar Sankranti 'begins' on Sunday!

JAIPUR: Sunday brought the Makar Sakranti celebrations a day early for many who could be spotted on the terraces of their houses to fly kites. What added to the festivity was foot-tapping music, bonfire on the terraces, relishing favourite cuisines that made it a gala affair for many in the Pink City. Music varying from Punjabi pop to the melodies of 90s sung by Kumar Sanu and Alka Yagnik on the terrace with live commentary was a common scene during kite-flying on many terraces at Jhotwara, Murlipura, Raja Park, Mansarovar and other parts of the city.
People of all age groups, from a child to grandparents, all were on the terraces for various reasons. Some were there to fly kites, others were there to watch their families indulge in kite-flying competition with neighbours and to relish ‘gajak’, ‘revri’, ‘pheeni’ and pakodas that are staple during Sankranti.
“I enjoy music, looking at the sky and interacting with neighbours and also shouting ‘Woh kaata’ when my grandson snaps kites,” said Radhey Shyam Sharma, a 75-year-old man form Shyam Puri in Jhotwara while talking about pre-Makar Sakranti festivity.
“Of course it was a pre-Makar Sakranti for us and velocity of air was also conducive forkiteflying. Sunday well spent with music, daal ke pakode, pheeeni and other items,” said Anil Singhal who was seen flying kites at his ancestral house situated at Jat Kuan Ka Raasta in Chandpole Bazaar. It was literally a family affair for many as apart from kites and music, the stoves and LPG cylinders were taken on the terrace to cook and eat. “This year it has been a two-day affair because of Sunday. I hope we get the same amount of conducive weather on Makar Sakranti as well,” said Subhash Sharma, a native of Jhotwara.
Similarly, there were many who thronged city markets to get the best lot of kites and manjha. Markets in Chandpole Bazaar, Tripolia Bazaar, Chaura Raasta, Ghat Gate, Haldiyon Ka Raasta and Handipura locality were flooded with customers of every age, caste, creed and religion.
“The shops will remain open throughout the night as many prefer to purchase kites and manjhas late in the evening,” said Abdul Hafeez, a wholesale dealer of kites and manjha.