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Amit Shah attends Uttarayan Patang Mahotsav in Gujarat; flies kites

Ahmedabad: Union Home Minister Amit Shah on Sunday attended the Uttarayan Patang Mahotsav in Gujarat's Ahmedabad and flew kites along with supporters here as part of Uttarayan celebrations.
Earlier today, the Union Home Minister also offered prayers at Lord Jagannath temple in Ahmedabad.
A prominent festival on the Indian calendar, devotees make offerings to the Hindu deity Surya on Makar Sankranti. The day marks the first day of the sun's transit into the Makara, marking the end of the winter solstice and the start of longer days.
Observed on January 14 every year, the festival is known by various names in different parts of the country such as Pongal, Bihu, and Maghi. Devotees in several parts of the country performed rituals at different ghats.
In Gujarat, the festival is celebrated as Uttarayan as it marks the first day of the sun's transit into the Makara.
The state is well-known for its International Kite Flying Festival. After finishing their morning prayers, people gather on their terraces with colourful kites.
During the kite flying festival, people are often heard shouting "Kai Po Che" to the losing team. Aside from that, people eat delicacies like Chikki, which is made of sesame seeds and peanuts, and Undhiyu, which is made of winter vegetables.
Also known to strengthen the bond of friendship, this festival is all about making khichdi, kite flying, sesame sweets, and coconut laddoos. Makar Sankranti marks a message, that the winter season is now clearly, leaving.

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