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Telangana International Kite and Sweet Festival 2019

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About the Telangana International Kite Festival (TIKF)

Kite flying during Makara Sankranti is an age-old tradition and culture in India. The weather remains favorable during this time to fly kites with bright sunny yet cold and windy days.

In view of reviving tradition of flying kites during this time, the Dept of Youth Advancement, Telangana Govt Tourism and Culture in collaboration with the Royal Kite Flyers Club of India and Aga Khan Academy, had initiated the Telangana International Kite Festival.

The festival mainly aims at educating the kite enthusiasts on kite-making and kite-flying through a series of workshops and lessons. It also aims at entertaining the kite-flyers by conducting kite-flying / fighting competitions.

The 1st TIKF was held in Hyderabad on 14th and 15th January 2016. Kite-flyers of different National and International clubs from various countries take part in the festival.

Kite Festival this year (2019)

The 3-day kite festival / the 4th TIKF will be held from Jan 13 to 15 in Secunderabad Parade Grounds. The festival will be organized in a completely eco-friendly manner with no plastic and no manjhas. This year the organizing committee has introduced kite flying at night.

Festival schedule - 2019

January 13th (Sunday)

  • 9.30 a.m - Inauguration ceremony
  • 11.30 a.m to 1.30 p.m - Kite flying
  • 2.30 p.m to 5.30 p.m - Kite flying and cultural events
  • 6.30 p.m to 8.00 p.m - Kite flying at night

January 14th (Monday)

  • 9.30 a.m - Kite flying
  • 2.30 p.m to 5.30 p.m - Kite flying and cultural events
  • 6.30 p.m to 8.00 p.m - Kite flying at night

January 15th (Tuesday)

  • 9.30 a.m - Kite flying
  • 2.30 p.m to 5.30 p.m - Kite flying and cultural events
  • 6.30 p.m to 8.00 p.m - Kite flying at night
  • 8.00 p.m to 9.00 p.m - closing ceremony
Entry is free for all.

About the Telangana International Sweet Festival

The Telangana International Sweet Festival was started last year (2018) by the Tourism Dept to showcase / promote the Hyderabad cosmopolitan culture. The sweet fest provides an opportunity to the participants across the country and around 15 nations to showcase their traditional sweet in the fest.

The festival aims at letting the people know about the different varieties of traditional sweets of different regions of the country. The festival doesn't include any hotels or sweet shop owners but it includes a majority of women participants from different regions in the sweet stalls.

This year (2019), the Telangana International Sweet Festival will be held from January 13 to 15 at Parade Grounds in Secunderabad.

Visitors can relish the mouth-watering sweet delicacies from different regions and also have fun watching the kites flying the sky.

Images Credit: telanganatourism.gov.in

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