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Last Updated: Sunday January 11 2009 15:06 GMT

In pics: Giant kite festival

Thousands of kites in all shapes, sizes and colours are filling the sky in the west of India.

Thousands of kites in all shapes, sizes and colours are filling the sky in the west of India.

They’re taking part in the International Kite Festival with people coming from more than 50 countries to take part.

They’re taking part in the International Kite Festival with people coming from more than 50 countries to take part.

Check out this BIG bird kite. Wonder if it will take off?

Check out this BIG bird kite. Wonder if it will take off?

The festival's a big hit with kite fans as the weather in Gujarat is perfect for flying.

The festival's a big hit with kite fans as the weather in Gujarat is perfect for flying.

They're not kites, but they're still pretty cool! The yearly festival is a colourful

They're not kites, but they're still pretty cool! The yearly festival is a colourful event.

And look at this one. It's like a striped parachute with a hole!

And look at this one. It's like a striped parachute with a hole!