So the restrictions on Uttarayan celebrations may have dampened the spirit a bit. But did you know that there is a village in Gujarat that has had a restriction on Uttarayan even before the official one was put in place? This village in North Gujarat’s Banaskantha district has banned kite flying on Uttarayan and in fact, the entire village plays cricket matches to celebrate the occasion!
Fatehpura village in Dhanera of Banaskantha district has not indulged in kite flying during Uttarayan for many years now. Most of the houses lack a terrace and many of them have electricity poles close to the terrace. As a result, earlier, several instances of children and youth falling off from the roof and getting electrocuted were reported leading to death and injuries.
Why the ban during Uttarayan?
The village then banned kite flying and this has now been the norm for many years. The village instead, to celebrate the festival, plays cricket during the entire day of Uttarayan to keep themselves entertained.
The rule was first implemented in 1991 to ensure that the village saw no more death and accidents due to kite flying. As per the rule, no one was allowed to fly kites on Uttarayan. Anyone who is caught flying a kite will have to pay a fine of five bags of pulses. But since 1991 not one person in the village has flown a kite during the festival and neither has anyone so far been fined.
The youth say they are happy to spend the time playing cricket because it is a sacrifice they are willing to make for the well-being of the future generation.
They also intend to continue the tradition in the foreseeable future.
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