Halifax Kite Festival adopts meaningful theme amid pandemic – Halifax
The fifth annual Atlantic Kite Festival took place this weekend in Halifax, drawing locals and tourists alike.
Jamie Tierney and his wife Denise were visiting from Nanaimo, British Columbia, and said they were delighted to have attended the event.
“It’s absolutely beautiful. We’ve been here for over an hour now and we could sit here all day, ”he said.
“I think it’s a perfect theme for the time. I see everyone gathered here and having fun. Families and small groups, and that’s just uplifting, ”said Denise.
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With beautiful sunny weather, hundreds of people came to enjoy the festival with a suitable theme this year: Fly as high as you can.
“Whatever obstacles you face in life, everyone has their own obstacles. We just have to keep going and keep pushing higher. And with the kite, that’s what you have to do, ”said Dolly Mirpuri, the project coordinator for the East Coast Kite Festival.
“With the pandemic everyone’s life has been turned upside down, so it’s something they can have control over – to fly that kite to a higher standard of living.”
Mirpuri was born and raised in India and, along with a group of her friends, decided to start the annual festival to bring a little piece of home to Nova Scotia.
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“A lot of us are immigrants from India and there is a big international kite festival that takes place in January, so, missing that, we brought it here to Nova Scotia,” a- she declared.
Ranna and Kam Bhatt are also originally from India but currently reside in Toronto. They came to Citadel Hill hoping to find out about history and were pleasantly surprised. Seeing the kites flying above them reminded them of their distant home.
Ranna said they were thrilled because it was something they did when they were kids.
“We are delighted and we are very happy to be here. It was an accident, but it was a nice accident, ”Kam said.
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The Bhatts weren’t the only nostalgic tourists. Manisha and Chirayu Upadhya were visiting Halifax from Niagara Falls and taking lots of photos and FaceTiming with their loved ones, telling them about the joy they felt watching all the colorful kites.
“It brings back great memories to me because it’s the time when all the family members come together,” Manisha said.
She said she remembers sitting on the patio with friends and neighbors as a child, listening to music, eating candy and watching kites fly.
Mirpuri says the feedback from the community has been amazing, which makes him want to continue doing this for years to come.
“We have had so many people who contacted us to relive the kites from their childhood and now they can share this memory with their children or grandchildren,” she said.
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