There are two types of deaths/accidents.The thread talked of deaths due to kite flying. Can someone please help explain..
i agree with you. it is called lohri here maybe it is called basant there.Thats all some unsubstantiated Raam kahani man, Hindus (mainly Punjab) and then later Indian farmers in general always celebrated Basant as the onset of Spring - Rain fall - harvest, good winds - Kites fly. Simple.
Later on it became a sport due to all the techniques of kite flying. Most probably Dubai will become the next biggest Basant Spot. No harvest here, but mighty strong winds and large Lahori population
As i kid in cuttack, Odisa,i was mad about kite flying and so are most of my friends.We would have this kite flying season for a month around Makar Sankranti which comes up in the month of January.We would just throw our cricket bats away and start flying kites . Those are some of the some of sweetest memories of my childhood.Basant is a kites festival
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LAHORE: Pakistani kite flyers are thinking of celebrating ‘Basant’ in India after the Lahore High Court didn’t permit them to celebrate it in the Punjab.
The Lahore High Court had dismissed a writ petition seeking directions to lift the ban on kite flying, observing that courts cannot permit the license to kill in the name of Basant festival as it was a dangerous activity.
Justice Ijaz Ahmed Chaudhry passed this order on the petition of Sohail Ansari, a trader of kite flying material.The Punjab government has been closely monitoring kite flying activities and on the basis of past experience, it has been found that permission of kite flying is against the public interest as it involves loss of life and property, the report continued.
During the period 2006-09, 18 people lost their lives due to kite flying while 24 others were badly injured. Farasat Ali Butt, senior member of the Kite Flying Association, talking to The News, said that the Indian kite flying associations of New Delhi and Mumbai had contacted him and asked him to celebrate Basant in their country if the Pakistani government did not allow kite flying. He said that the Indian kite flying associations also told him that they would bear all the expenses of their travel and accommodation.
Khalid Malik, Director of Culture Syndicate, told The News that he had also received several invitations from Indian kite flying associations and he would definitely celebrate Basant along with their organisation’s members in India if the government did not permit Basant here.