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Kite Festival Celebration on Ocean Beach, San Francisco
On Saturday, January 25th, 2014 the Indian Community in San Francisco is going to come together at Ocean Beach to fly kites and celebrate the Indian festival of Uttarayan. Hindigym, a local organization that focuses on spreading Indian culture and languages to international kids, is organizing this free event. More than two hundread people are planning to attend this festival. Colorful kites are going to fill the sky at Ocean Beach. Uttarayan (Northern Movement of the Sun), also known as Makar Sankranti is celebrated by flying colorful kites in the sky. Long ago, kites were flown by farmers to determine the direction of wind. Traditionally, families would come together and fly colorful kites (patangs) made of paper and bamboo frame, tied to strings covered in a mixture of rice and ground glass (manja). The kite flyers would also sometimes get into friendly kite fights and try to cut other flyers kite strings making them loose their kite. This will be a great event for kids to learn about Indian culture and tradition. The kids would get a chance to build and fly their own kites. The families would also get a chance to get together as a community and celebrate the festival of Uttarayan. Indian chai and food carts are also going to be on hand to provide refreshments.
Hindigym, a community focused organization started by a local mom, Aarti Chandnani, has been organizing Indian cultural events and language classes in San Francisco for the past three years. This kite festival is another event organized by Hindigym to pass on the Indian culture and traditions to the next generation. Hindigym also publishes several bi-lingual Hindi learning books and free worksheets for kids to learn Hindi. Families are encouraged to participate in this free fun event. More details about this event and registration at Hindigym.com. Live tweets of this event can be made to @hindigym using #hindigymevents.
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