Lucknow: Hundreds of kites fluttered over the Lucknow sky, particularly in the old city, as Hindus and Muslims joined hands to bring alive a legacy of the Nawabs on the annual festival of Jamghat on Thursday.
Kites shaped like butterflies, dragons, fish and birds dotted the skyline on the festival that falls a day after Diwali. Jamghat is also known as patangbaazi or kiteflying.
"For those of us in Old Lucknow, Jamghat is a festival that helps maintain social relationships," Assad Ahmad, 64, a kite enthusiast and retired government employee in Aminabad locality, told.
"The festival in a true sense reflects communal harmony as Hindus and Muslims come together to fly kites and exchange sweets," he added.
In several localities, including Hussainganj, Batashey-wali-gali, Chaupatiya, Chowk, Daliganj and the banks of Gomti, kite enthusiasts formed teams and challenged each other to showcase their prowess and supremacy in the battle of the skies.
Besides the traditional kites, people opted for Chinese kites because of their attraction quotient. However, professionals preferred the "desi" ones.