History of Kite Flying
The oldest depiction of a kite is from a mesolithic period cave painting in Muna island, southeast Sulawesi, Indonesia, from 9500–9000 years B.C. It depicts a type of kite called kaghati, which are still used by modern Muna people. The kite is made from kolope (forest tuber) leaf for the mainsail, bamboo skin as the frame, and twisted forest pineapple fiber as rope, though modern kites use string.
In China, there are many legends about the kite springing from the way the wind blows leaves in the trees.
It is believed the kite was invented by 5th-century BC Chinese philosophers Mozi and Lu Ban . Kite building materials such as silk and bamboo were used then, and then paper kites were introduced b y 549 AD.
They were used for measuring distances, testing the wind, signaling, communication for military operations, and even lifting men.
Kite Flying by Suzuki Harunobu 1766 Metropolitan Museum of Art
India took kite flying to a whole new level.
The Chinese regard kite flying as calming, watching it blow in the wind like leaves in the trees.
In India they saw the competition between kites wanting to fly in the same air space, so they created a fighter kite called a patang.
Even today, thousands of patang are flown every year on festivals such as Makar Sankranti in January, dedicated to the sun deity Surya to celebrate the harvest.
Kite maker from India, image from Travels in India, including Sinde and the Punjab by H. E. Lloyd, 1845
Fighter Kites have pieces of glass on them called cerol or an abrasive line called manja to cut the strings of other kites. It’s not good to get tangled!
Today, kite fighting is a sport, celebrated in many countries and promoted by Red Bull.
Want to try kite fighting?
How to Celebrate National Kite Flying Day
#1 – Go fly a kite – if you live in an area with kite-flying weather.
- Unbreakable – tough, strong, light, flexible, rust-proof, and mold-proof material
- Sea-‘n’-Tree “No-Loss” Guarantee – as long as you register it after purchase you can get a replacement
- Kite measures 60 x 32 inches and has two 8.5-foot tails
- Durable storage bag with handles
- 200′ extra-strong anti-tangle flying line on a handle
- High grade resin cross-strut + a spare
- Spare connectors and tail
- Partially assembled with easy instructions and kid-friendly tail and line clips
- Easy to fly – even for kids
#2 – Watch these people flying awesome kites if you live in an area that is not in kite-flying weather.
#3 – Watch a movie about a kite fighter called Kite Runner*
#4 – Have a kite party
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