Fountain Park will once again be host to the annual Basant Mela Kite Flying Festival on March 9th. Enjoy the view of colorful kites skating across the sky: single-string, single strings with multiple kites, and large, complex creations.
Basant Mela is celebrated in many Asian countries to commemorate the arrival of spring. The kite was originated in China, but after it was introduced to India, it evolved into a fighter kite. The strings were coated with an abrasive called “dore” by passing the string through a mixture of ground glass powder and glue. Competitors maneuvered their kites to try to cut the strings of other kites.
The annual event is Arizona’s largest kite festival and a one-of-a-kind event. Visitors will find beautiful treasures of authentic Middle Eastern jewelry, savor ethnic Pakistani and Indian food, try out a henna tattoo, and so much more.
The event runs from 11:00 AM to 6:00 PM with free admission.
This festival is presented by the Pakistan Information and Cultural Organization (PICO). For more information, visit http://www.pakistaninformation.org/.