kite flying day

8 February is kite flying day. Image: Pixabay

“Let’s go flyyyy a kite” – it’s kite flying day

Kites are popular hobbies and great for some outdoor fun, but it also has an interesting history – today is kite flying day

kite flying day

8 February is kite flying day. Image: Pixabay

You heard kite flying day and automatically started singing the Mary Poppins song in your head, didn’t you?

Don’t worry, so did we – 8 February is kite flying day.

History of kite flying day

Since the 5th century in China, kites have brought joy and relaxation.

People assemble kites from different parts – wings, tethers, and anchors – that work together to perform high-flying tricks.

Designated as a heavier-than-air craft, kites have wing surfaces that react to air drag and lift.

Kite flying day celebrates the feeling of freedom one experiences when guiding a kite through the air currents.

Do you remember making kites in school when you were young?

You probably used brightly colored paper, glitter, and ribbons.

People constructed early kites from bamboo or sturdy reeds for framing and used leaves, silk, or paper for the sails.

They finished the line or tether with vines or braided fibers.

Initially, people used kites as tools, but also for ceremonial purposes.

They sent messages to the heavens or lifted offerings to the gods, giving kites a symbolic place in their culture.

Today, kites remain popular both as hobbies and for outdoor fun, ranging from simple diamond kites to more complex box kites and giant sled kites.

Stunt kites, also known as sport kites, are designed for operators to maneuver with dips, twists, and dives for a dramatic effect.