HOMEWOOD, IL—On January 28, the Homewood Public Library hosted its Year of Holidays: Basant Kite Festival. Basant is an annual event celebrating the beginning of spring in many parts of India and Pakistan. This huge kite flying festival has reached the doors of the Homewood Library where more than 20 people participated. The event kicked off at 6:30 p.m.

“This is the first program in a series of events that the library is hosting throughout the year. Our goal is to highlight a variety of holiday celebrated around the world,” said Ashley Sander, Library Event Coordinator.

During the program, Ms. Sander gave background information to the audience regarding the Basant Festival and participants took home colorful, hand-made kites.

The Festival of Basant tradition originally started in India around the Punjab region. During the celebration, people gather to fly kites to highlight the first day of spring. The celebration is complete with food, dance, and the display of folk art. The event is usually held on the 5th day of the lunar month of Magha, marking the beginning of spring, and according to the Pujabi calendar.

For more information regarding upcoming holiday celebrations hosted by the library, please contact Ms. Sander at (708) 798-0121.