Every year over 2000 festivals are celebrated in the state of Guajarat in northwestern India. One of the biggest by far is Uttarayan, the International Kite Festival, which is celebrated each year on January 14th and 15th. So many kites are flown during Uttarayan that kite manufacturing begins months in advance.

The festival of Uttarayan marks the day when winter begins to turn into summer, according to the Indian calendar. It is the sign for farmers that the sun is back and that harvest season is approaching which is called Makar Sankranti. This day is considered to be one of the most important harvest day in India. Many cities in Gujarat organize kite competition between their citizens where the people all compete with each other.

The best place to enjoy the festival is Sardar Patel Stadium, a cricket stadium with a capacity of over 54,000 people), where visitors lay on the ground to look up at the sky filled with thousands of kites of all shapes and sizes.

Head over to Twisted Sifter to learn a lot more about the awesome festival of Uttarayan, where there are so many kites being flown that perhaps even Charlie Brown would have better luck with it.

Photos by Sandeepa and Chetan and Meena Kadri respectively.

[via Twisted Sifter]