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Bo kata

Sunday, February 06, 2005

Photo source: Daily Times

As Rio celebrated its Carnival festival with samba yesterday, in Lahore they were celebrating their own festival: Basant, the festival of kites. For two days each year everyone in the city puts on their best yellow coloured clothes and climbs on top of their houses to fly kites while blasting bhangra out of their boomboxes. The sky gets covered with a patchwork of multi-coloured kites buzzing around. When you think of kite-flying, you might visualize a young girl with pigtails wearing a dress, standing in the park, flying a quaint little kite that has a tail and ribbons attached. Yes? Well that's not the way it's done in Lahore. Over there kite-flying is a highly competitive sport that injures several and kills a few people during Basant each year.

Sepoy over at Chapati Mystery has a great series of posts explaining Basant to the uninitiated. Read it: Basant I, Basant II, Basant III.

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2 Responses to 'Bo kata'


Anonymous Anonymous says:

Mon dieu! Even kites are becoming lethal! 

Posted by global soul    

Anonymous Anonymous says:

For some reason, this picture reminded me of Khaled Housseini's novel The Kite Runner. If you haven't read it yet, then do not waste your time, go get it now. 

Posted by natasha    

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