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Greater Springfield 2024 Kite Festival Soars High

Guy Hazlewood    February 7, 2024    2 min read   

The Greater Springfield Indian Association (GSIA) held its second annual kite festival in late January.

The Greater Springfield Kite Festival 2024 took place in the afternoon of January 26, coinciding with both Australia Day and India’s Republic Day.

Image: Kites soaring high at the festival. Source: Greater Springfield Indian Association

The free event took place on the college oval at Woodcrest State College, in Springfield.

Despite dark grey skies looming throughout the afternoon, the gloomy weather did not dampen the spirits of attending members of the community.

GSIA president Mukesh Dubey said the festival was an “absolute success”.

“It’s amazing to see our community come together with such enthusiasm and spirit,” Mr Dubey said.

A range of kite kits were available for purchase on-site on the day, as well as various street food and drink vendors, a traditional Indian jewellery and clothing stall, a toy stand, and live entertainment including DJ music and a kids’ jumping castle.

Celebrating Makar Sankranti and Enriching Greater Springfield’s Culture

Kite-flying is part of a traditional solar festival called ‘Makar Sankranti’ that occurs in mid-January and marks the onset of spring harvests in India.

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Image: Greater Springfield residents enjoyed Indian cuisine. Source: Greater Springfield Indian Association

GSIA is a non-profit organisation that serves as a platform to preserve the rich cultural heritage of India.

“At GSIA, we aim to share and showcase the cultural beauty with our fellow citizens in the greater Springfield area and keep the culture alive for future generations.

“We want to express our deepest gratitude to everyone who attended, participated, and contributed to the success of the festival.”

Last year’s inaugural kite festival was a big success, taking place at the Springfield Central Sports Complex in early February.

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