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Utraan or Uttaran

 

Utraan or Uttaran is a Sindhi Festival that marks the onset of Uttarayana Punyakalam or the commencement of the Sun's journey to the Northern Hemisphere or Makar Rashi or Capricorn. Utraan or Uttaran is the Sindhi equivalent of the 'Makar Sankranti' festival, which is celebrated in several parts of India on January 14th coinciding with the commencement of the winter solstice. During this festival people fly kites in the sky. Sindhis compare this outdoor sport is compared to life where one needs to know the art of pulling and letting loose just as in kite flying.  Kite-flying is also symbolizes spiritualism as the kite flyer tries to reach out to the skies. According to the Hindu mythology, Utraan is considered to be an auspicious time, during which the legendary Bheeshma of the Mahabharata fame decided to leave for his heavenly abode.

 


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