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Let us all join in and light up the night! Uttarayan ends | by Saumil U. Shah
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Let us all join in and light up the night! Uttarayan ends

A sky lantern joins a million others on the second day of the Uttarayan kite flying festival in the city!


Uttarayan is such a popular festival in Ahmedabad that the craze lasts for two straight days! One day is not enough. Even though the 15th of January is not an official holiday, the city is still up on rooftops enjoying a second straight day of kite flying.


These photos are from tonight's sky lantern extravaganza. All of us felt that more lanterns were launched on the second day (today) than on Uttarayan day.


This was a sight previously unseen over Ahmedabad skies! There were a lot of sky lanterns last year, but not in the millions.


When we started building and launching our own fire lanterns in 2007, I had seen the skies of Thailand lit up with a million lights. I kept telling our family and friends, that I hope one day Ahmedabad skies are filled with sky lanterns. My hopes and wishes did come true!


See my "Celebrating Uttarayan" slideshow.


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Taken on January 15, 2013