Basant - Kite Flying Festival Series - Art

Basant (Kite Flying Festival) Series by Fareeha Khawaja Basant (Kite Flying festival) is a centuries old cultural tradition. Basant (a Sanskrit word for spring) is a seasonal festival of Indo-Pak sub-continent and it has no religious bearings. Basant is the herald of the spring and celebrated with the arrival of spring. Flowers bloom, wheat grows, and mustard blossoms in this season. Sufis are credited for bringing the festival into the Muslim world. By the Mughal period, Basant was a popular festival at the major Sufi shrines. The famous sufi-poet of the thirteenth century, even composed verses on Basant. Mughal miniature artists painted kite flying scenes in their paintings. Mustard blossom that is yellow in color is considered the color of spring and Basant. Accordingly yellow outfits are worn during this festival. Everything is decorated in yellow, drummers dressed in yellow outfits are seen on the road side beating drums. People fly kites in parks, in houses and most commonly on the rooftops of their houses from dawn to dusk. Kite battles and brawls are common scenes. This is an extremely fun festival with lots of fun, colors, kites, music, food, friends, family and good times.

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