Basant festival is celebrated with utmost vigor and enthusiasm in Lahore. The festival ensues flying of colorful kites during the Spring season and is celebrated by both Indians and Pakistanis.
History of Basant
Basant, also referred as the festival of kites, is a centuries old cultural tradition celebrated in Punjab. A book published by Aman Ullah Khan Arman in 1959 quoted Basant as a seasonal festival celebrated in unity with no religious bearings or restrictions. The Festival of Kites is celebrated in February in herald of Spring. There is an old Aryan tradition wherein people during Basant festival wear yellow colored dresses, as the color indicates mustard blossom during Spring. According to a famous Indo-Pak poet, Kalidasa, Basant is celebrated to welcome blossoming flowers, flowing rivers and unity.