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Uttarayan and Makar Sankranti 2018: Colourful photos of kite flying across the country

People all over India decorate and design their kites with political figures, colourful patterns and quirky cartoons. While the Makar Sankranti celebrations have kickstarted all over the country, we bring you pictures of how the country is enjoying the festival.

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Uttarayan is the time between the Makara Sankranti and Karka Sankranti. One of the ways of celebrating the festival is by flying kites. (Why do people fly kites during Uttarayan?) The festival marks the end of winter as well as a festival for farmers as they harvest the winter rabi crops. People across India decorate with various designs from political figures and colourful patterns to quirky cartoons. While Makar Sankranti celebrations have started, we bring you pictures of how people are celebrating Uttarayan with kites. (Source: AP, Express Photos)

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Celebrations for Makar Sankranti in Ahmedabad on Sunday. (Express photo Javed Raja)

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Kites entangled in a tree's branches look artistically colourful. (Express photo Javed Raja)

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Celebrations at Girgaum Chowpatty in Mumbai. (Express photo by Nirmal Harindran)

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People flying kites on the beach in Girgaum Chowpatty, Mumbai. (Express photo by Nirmal Harindran)

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Gujrat CM Vijay Rupani celebrates Makar Sankranti in Ahmedabad on Sunday. (Source: Express Photo by Javed Raja)

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Rupani was spotted flying a kite. (Source: Express Photo by Javed Raja)

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A seller with his colourful kite collection prior to Makar Sankranti. The sale of kites at Dongiri was on the rise around January 7, in Mumbai. (Express photo by Ganesh Shirsekar)

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A worker preparing hand-made 'manjha' (glass powder-coated thread) used for flying kites in Jaipur on Thursday. The Jaipur-made manjha is in huge demand in other states for the Makar Sankranti festival. (Express photo by Rohit Jain Paras)

Click through for photos of kite flying and Makar Sankranti celebrations from previous years.

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Kites are so intrinsic to Gujarat, one can frequently find photos of politicians on them. For instance, these two warring kites in Ahmedabad, with pictures of PM Narendra Modi and Congress party president Rahul Gandhi a day before the state assembly election results were declared in December 2017. (Source: Express photo by Javed Raja)

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Women members of a Muslim family in Jamalpur locality of Ahmedabad making kites in preparation for "Uttarayan" or kite festival on January 14, 2017. (Source: Express Archives)

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People enjoying Makar Sankranti or Uttarayan, the kite flying festival in Varanasi, January 13, 2017. (Source: Express Archives)

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Workers of an electricity company clear high - tension lines entangled with kites and strings after Uttarayan a local kite-flying festival at Ahmedabad in 2017. (Source: Express Archives)

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Women members of a Muslim family in Jamalpur locality of Ahmedabad making kites in preparation for "Uttarayan" or kite festival on January 14, 2017. (Source: Express Archives)

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A family sells gas balloons on Saturday morning even as Barodians celebrated the 'Vaasi' Uttarayan. (Source: Express Archives)

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Preparations are in full swing for celebration of Uttarayan, celebrated as international kite festival in Ahmedabad from January 12 and 13, 2016. (Source: Express Archives)

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The International Kite Festival kicked off in Vadodara ahead of Uttarayan on January 14, 2016. (Source: Express Archives)

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Residents prepare to release a prohibited Chinese lantern in the sky on Uttarayan in 2016. (Source: Express Archives)

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People showcase a large kite with the face of Mahatma Gandhi at the International Kite Festival in Vadodara on January 14, 2016. (Source: Express Archives)

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Demonetisation and subsequent introduction of new currency notes of Rs 2000 and Rs 500 denomination reflected in Ahmedabad's kite market as well. Thousands of kites having a picture of PM Modi with the new currency notes were made in 2016. Uttarayan or the festival of kite flying is celebrated on a very large scale in Gujarat on January 14 and 15 every year. (Source: Express Archives)

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City residents celebrate Uttarayan flying kites on the roofs in Ahmedabad in 2016. (Source: Express Archives)

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The Vadodara sky lights up with Chinese lanterns on the occasion of Uttarayan, 2016. (Source: Express Archives)

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City residents celebrate Uttarayan flying kites on the roofs in Ahmedabad in 2016. (Source: Express Archives)

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A woman flies a plane-shaped kite at the International Kite Festival in Vadodara on January 14, 2016. (Source: Express Archives)

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A kite soars alongside the crescent moon in Vadodara on Uttarayan in 2016. (Source: Express Archives)

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Kites n various shapes and sizes were displayed and flown at the International Kite Festival in Vadodara, on January 14, 2016. (Source: Express Archives)

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Narendra Modi with Bollywood star Salman Khan flying the kites on the occasion of Uttarayan in Ahmedabad, in 2014. (Source: Express Archives)