A celebration is a happy time when people get together in honour of something special.

Different religions or countries each have their own celebrations or way of celebrating.

In the Punjab region of India and Pakistan the Basant carnival is a happy festival that welcomes the spring in early March.

 After the frosts and fog of the cold winter, the yellow mustard flowers and green leaves on the trees are the first colours of spring. People dress in the yellows and greens of spring.

The festival is most famous for its kite flying.

 People crowd onto the rooftops to fly or watch kites. Photo ©Getty

People crowd onto the rooftops to fly or watch kites. Photo ©Getty

Everywhere, in parks and hillsides and even on rooftops, people fly brightly coloured kites, from early morning to evening. The kites are all sizes and shapes. There are tiny kites and huge kites that have to be flown by three or four people together.

 A kite fight in progress. Photo©Getty

A kite fight in progress. Photo©Getty

The biggest excitement comes from kite fights. People coat the strings of their kites with tiny pieces of glass. They fly their kites near other kites to try and cut the strings and make those kites fly away.

The festival is biggest in the city of Lahore, and people from all over the world come to enjoy it there.

The festival also features bands and dance and acrobat performances, fireworks and markets selling foods, handmade crafts and other colourful items.

 Entertainers and street bands entertain the crowds in the market places. Photo©Getty

Entertainers and street bands entertain the crowds in the market places. Photo©Getty

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