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Are You Ready for the International Kite Day?

Every year on January 14 during Makar Sankranti, international Kite Day begins and ends on January 15. Gujarat has declared the dates a public holiday so that people can participate in the celebrations. Kite builders begin planning for the festival months in advance. Kite enthusiasts and festival goers are swarming the markets in the days leading up to the festivities, purchasing supplies.

Are You Ready for the International Kite Day?

If we go back to the history of kite day, a royal and wealthy pastime, kite flying has evolved into a festival open to all, with participants hailing from Japan, Italy, the United Kingdom, Canada, China, Indonesia, Singapore, the United States, Malaysia, Australia, France, and Brazil. International Kite Day originated in India, where it is most widely celebrated in the northern state of Gujarat, particularly in the city of Ahmedabad. The festival is known as Uttarayan in Hindi, and Makar Sankranti in other parts of India. It marks the transition from winter to summer, as well as the upcoming winter crop harvest. People travel from all over the world to attend the festivities.

International Kite Day: The kites associated with the festival represent the gods’ spirits emerging from their winter slumber. The most common are simple kites made of lightweight colorful paper with bamboo frames. Aside from traditional kites, there are a few that feature Bollywood celebrities or social themes. To aid in “kite fighting,” kite lines are frequently coated with a mixture of rice and crushed glass. During the festival, kite fliers compete to cut each other’s strings and knock down their kites. Acrobats perform during the day, and illuminated kites known as ‘tukkals’ fill the skies at night. Fireworks also light up the night sky. Although this is an Indian festival, Hindu temples in the United States celebrate it on a regular basis, and because it is an inclusive celebration, anyone is welcome to attend.

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When is the kite day?

The International Kite Day date for coming years are as follows:

Year       Date                      Day

2022       January 14           Friday

2023       January 14           Saturday

2024       January 14           Sunday

2025       January 14           Tuesday

2026       January 14           Wednesday

How do kites fly?

Are You Ready for the International Kite Day?

The wind has an effect on the kite. When you stand with the kite in the wind, you can feel this force. The kite is propelled by the wind (and you). The force can be so powerful that it is difficult to remain still. You’ll be blown away by the wind. When the kite is flying, it is also propelled by the wind. Because the kite is attached to the string, it cannot be blown away. However, because the kite is at a slight angle to the wind, it can be blown up into the air by the wind. When the kite is flying, three forces are at work:

  • Force of the kite string
  • Force of the wind
  • Force of gravity

The wind’s force propels the kite upwards and backwards. The kite is propelled forward and downward by the force of the kite string. The kite is dragged straight down to the ground by the force of gravity. Because there is a large area to push when the kite is nearly perpendicular to the wind, the wind pushes it strongly. Because there is less exposed area when the kite is nearly parallel to the wind, the wind pushes it weakly. When you walk against the wind with the kite, you can feel this. It is easiest to turn the kite with the side facing the wind. As the kite climbs, it lies with its side to the wind more and more. As a result, the wind’s force decreases as the kite rises higher and higher. The kite stops climbing when the pushing force of the wind equals the pulling force of the kite string and gravity.

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Facts about kites

  • The first kites, made of leaves, were flown thousands of years ago.
  • The world record for the longest time spent flying a kite is 180 hours.
  • Large kites were banned in East Germany because they could be used to lift people over the Berlin Wall.
  • The record for the most kites flown on a single line is 11,284, which is held by a Japanese kite maker.
  • The largest kite in the world was 83 feet seven inches long and 131 feet three inches wide.
  • The highest single kite flown to date is 3801 meters.
  • In Thailand, there are 78 rules for kite fighting.
  • The Chinese believe that gazing at kites flying high in the sky helps them keep their eyesight in good condition.
  • A kite does not require wind to fly.
  • Every year, over 50 million kites are sold in the United States.
  • During the American Civil War, four kites were used to deliver letters and newspapers.
  • The Megabite 55 x 22 meter kite is the world’s largest.
  • The fastest recorded kite speed is more than 120 mph.
  • Kite fighting has been a popular recreational activity in Thailand for centuries, with “male” and “female” kites flown on vast open fields as each side competes to capture the other’s kites.
  • When the Wright brothers were developing the first airplane in the late 1800s, they studied kites.

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