Kites, colors and pure joy! The most anticipated event of the year: Basant! Years ago, some of the traditional desi aspects that defined Basant, when it was celebrated, were:
Who could celebrate Basant without a patang? Months before Basant took place, patang makers would start crafting kites which would become the main focus of people in bazaars. The vibrant, colorful kites vary in sizes and were the main source of income for craftsmen during basant.
Kite fighting was the main attraction of the event and people would scramble on rooftops to play. The sky would be filled with colors as hundreds of kites sway in the breeze while occasional victorious sounds of ‘Bo Kata!’ used to fill the air with enthusiasm.
‘Mama mere pas koi peele kapray nai hain ab mai kia krun?’ This used to be my typical dialogue– in a very whiny voice, every time Basant was around the corner. Trust me, wearing vibrant colored clothes on Basant, especially yellow, was no less than a matter of life and death for the ladies.