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Vice President Naidu inaugurates International Kite and Sweet Festivals in Secunderabad
The fourth International Kite Festival and second International Sweet Festival were inaugurated by Vice President M Venkaiah Naidu at Parade Grounds in Secunderabad. As many as 42 professional kite flyers from abroad and 60 from India were participating in the Kite Festival in the city, stated a press release.

He urged the youth to understand rich and diverse traditions of Indian festivals since such occasions were meant for  social bonding and inculcation of  a spirit of communal harmony and national integrity, it added.

According to Vice President Naidu, festivals symbolise renewal, rejuvenation and revival of our traditions and heritage and bring in the sense of togetherness, unity, love and brotherhood in today's fast-paced world.

He called on the younger generation to understand the rich and diverse traditions ingrained in Indian festivals and called for protecting, promoting and enriching our exceptional culture and folk art forms.

Calling Makar Sankranthi, which is a harvest festival, a celebration of life and vitality, he said the important festival holds great historical and religious significance. "It is the festival of Sun God who is often regarded as the symbol divinity and wisdom. Those who celebrate this occasion of thanksgiving and merry-making revel in anticipation and joy," stated the release quoting him.

He tried his hand at kite flying for a short while, and added that flying kites was a tremendous experience and kite-making was an art form that required skill, precision, devotion and inventiveness.

Referring to the display of 1200 sweets from different countries at the Sweet Festival, he observed that sweets symbolize the sweet happenings in life and hold a place of great prominence in Indian culinary tradition that  symbolized prosperity, joy and abundance and lend great flavour to celebrations, he added.

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