Delhi celebrated Independence Day with some traditional kite flying.

Delhi is a city like no other on Earth.

As it is the home to such a diverse mixture of people and customs, the atmosphere is often intoxicating and makes people wish they could stay longer in the city.

It has many old traditions that often make for a wonderful spectacle to the uninitiated.

One of these recently flooded the Indian sky with the kites yesterday (August 15th), reports the Times of India.

Thousands of people took to Delhi’s collection of rooftops to honour the age-old tradition on Independence Day.

“Kite flying as a tradition is much older than the Olympics. In the capital, kite flying as a public sport goes back much before Independence Day, almost 80 years before the country freed itself from the British rule,” Sudhir Sobti of Delhi Tourism and Transport Development Corporation told IANS.

The tourism group organised a special event in Old Delhi – the birthplace of the tradition – that featured some of the best kite flyers in India.

Highlights included the single string of Bhai Miyan, which featured 100 kites.

Written by Ruth Norris

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