I don't have any special memories of Makar Sankranti. This kite-flying festival had been more of a nightmare to me after I had cut my finger against the maanjha (thread) when I was five. .
However, seven years back, (yes this picture was taken seven years ago on a terrace) we visited our relatives in Baroda, Gujarat, and I realized the beauty of Uttarayan. This festival was celebrated in a very special fervour. Apart from the scrumptious food, the most beautiful highlight were the lanterns in the sky. Well, not just one lantern, hundreds, and thousands of lanterns light up the night sky. It's such a surreal picture straight out of the "Tangled" movie.
Last two years we have been taking our son up on the terrace to enjoy the kite festival. However, here are some tips for kids to remain safe.
🎐 The maanjha is very sharp. Real sharp. I've cut my fingers. Don't allow children below seven years to handle it on their own. Take care of flying birds. More on it at the end of this post.
🎐 If you plan to go on the terrace in the afternoon, keep kids hydrated. Let them take small sips of water frequently.
🎐 Do not, I repeat, do not allow them to bend over the terrace ledge at any cost. Kids don't know how much is too low to bend. Keep then away from the ledge at all times, especially when they are looking up at the kites in the sky and walking toward the ledge. .
🎐I know kite-flying is enjoyable. But it's definitely not enjoyable for birds. Please do think about them too. The maanjha is sharp. It hurts them too.
15 Jan 2020