The next morning was the one that I was eagerly waiting for since a week. It was an early day for me as we had to reach Parade grounds by 10 AM. The event kicked off at around 10.30 AM where an inaugural ceremony was first held. The Telangana tourism minister along with high dignitaries of the state of Telangana inaugurated the International Kite and Sweet Festival. When I went further into the ground I was awestruck seeing numerous Kite flyers who had come to showcase their magnificent kites from all across the world already flying beautifully crafted kites even before the inauguration ceremony had started. This was my first time to witness kites ranging from 1 mm to 200 Feet so closely.
The cool weather was like an icing on the cake! We met many kite flyers from different countries like Turkey, Indonesia, Sri Lanka, China, South Africa etc. Each of them had blended their traditions and cultures to the huge variety of Kites that they flew. As it was my first experience with flying such unusual kites I was very enthusiastic to learn the mechanics. The team members of FLY360 were really nice to teach me techniques on how to lift up huge kites. Quite a hard task it was initially. As the day passed on a lot of media had jumped onto the ground capturing each nuance of the kite flying from various angles and taking interviews of people to share their views with the people who missed to come and watch it live. We also had a surprise visit from one of our follower who shares a similar passion for kites like us, Sonu had come all the way from Kerala to celebrate Pongal festival with his family who lives in Hyderabad and when he came to know that FLY 360 Team had come to participate to the international kite fest. He came to meet us and enjoy the event all the way from Gachibowli which is more than 20 km away from the city.. that was a real fan moment for us!
The crowd on the first day was a whopping 30- 40 thousand! People gazed up at the sky till the dusk as most of us also got to witness night kite flying for the first time. Kites in the Night-time were a surprise element at the event. The sky almost got a new look and spark with lovely LED Kites soaring the sky. The first day wrapped at around 8 pm which was an amazing but exhausted one for me.