Kite flying has been a favorite hobby since time immemorial. When I was growing up in the then East Pakistan, now Bangladesh, I remember this time of the year saw active promotion of kite flying. Of course, things used to be the same in Lahore for the longest time as well.
In Pakistan, we always used to celebrate kite flying. It used to be a national holiday that we loved, one that we all collectively orchestrated in the country. It was celebrated with traditional festivities, with local music and traditional food.
Contrary to what is commonly known, kite flying and Basant aren’t exactly synonymous. Basant is rooted in religious festivities and has its origins in Vasant Panchami. The festival also celebrates the arrival of spring, which of course has been traditionally been welcomed in many ways – kite flying being one of them.