Hyderabad: The Government of Telangana has decided to celebrate the 4th Telangana International Kite Festival (TIKF) – 2019 from 13th to 15th January at Parade Grounds, Secunderabad in coordination with Ministry of Tourism, Government of India showcasing the rich heritage and culture of the state of Telangana.
Addressing a press conference here on Monday, Tourism Department Secretary B. Venkatesham said that TIKF – 2019 would be an exciting 3-day festival celebrated with fun and fervour which coincides with Makara Sankranti festival, a harvest festival.
The festival brings together regional arts, crafts, cuisine and an array of national and international kites. Around 9 lakh visitors are expected to visit the Kite Festival.
The festival will have participation from 19 countries having 42 International and 60 National kite flyers and a special night-flying event is scheduled on 13th, 14th & 15th January.
Different types of kites with huge sizes will be flown during the festival thus making the sky more colourful. Various cultural programmes will also be organized promoting the local culture of the State.
The kite flying tradition during Sankranti festival period is taking place for many decades in Telangana State. During 2016 and 2017, the International Kite Festival was organized at Aga Khan Academy and in 2018 at Parade Grounds, Secunderabad where around 8 lakh visitors had witnessed the event.
Apart from the kite festival, food courts with various cuisines of Telangana, handicrafts and handlooms stalls will be showcased.
In addition, International Sweets Festival is also being organized during the said festival where large number of delectable sweets of different states and countries will be showcased with more than 1,000 varieties of sweets.
All these sweet dishes would be prepared by Hyderabad residents who original hail from other States and countries.
The citizens of Telangana and other parts of the country have been invited to witness the enthralling experience of kite flying and cherish the delicious sweets during the three-day period. (INN)