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The Stringers | by Raminder Pal Singh
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The Stringers

Workers busy preparing the kite thread. The kite string or the 'dorr' (pronounced as door), is made of crushed glass, glue, colours and egg applied on the thread to make it strong enough to hold the kite and cutting out the rival kites in the sky.


Here, in Amritsar, people are obssesed with flying kites in winters. Each Sunday of the winters witnesses spirits soaring high with shouts of "Ayi Bo!", which symbolizes triumph of victory after cutting the rival kite, penetrating the thick and foggy atmosphere. The kite flying season reaches its climax with the Festival of Lohri(celebrated on January 13 every year) when people from almost every household get onto their rooftops for flying kites with music playing high in the background. At night bonfires are arranged and people sing and dance around them as they celebrate the festival.

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Taken on August 1, 2007