National Kite Day is celebrated on February 8 every year. Today Kite flying is an outdoor hobby and a popular pastime of the peoples of the world. Kites range from simple diamond kites to more complex box kites and giant ski kites. National Kite Day was created to celebrate the feeling of freedom that everyone feels when flying a kite in the air.
History of National Kite Flying Day
Kites have brought joy and relaxation since the 5th century in China. The kites are made of different parts that, when worked together, allow for the high-flying stunts we all love to watch. Those parts are the wings, tether, and anchor. The specified kite is a heavier-than-air vehicle tethered with wing surfaces that react as the air pulls and lifts around them. Kite Flying Day was created to remind us of the sense of freedom one feels when guiding a kite through the currents of the air.
Do you remember back to school days when you were little and it was kite making day? Vibrant paper sprinkled with sparkles and ribbons is the typical creation. Can you get yours for the flight? I recall the sounds of giggles and shouts of encouragement as a friend ran back and forth hoping the kite would snap out of their hands and into the air. Are you the one holding the rope? Can you make the kite fly up and down and dip and spin?
Tips for getting your kite into the air and keeping it there
- Make sure the kite is assembled correctly.
- Wind test. Depend on kinds of kites, it will ask for more and less. Choosing the right date for your kite is key. Light winds (5-20 mph) are usually optimal.
- Be safe. Do not fly kites near power lines, trees, or other high-altitude obstacles. Ample space is the best.
- Be safer. Don't fly in the rain.
- When flying a kite, make sure you have your back to the wind. If the wind is light, ask a friend to hold the kite downwind and hold your string taught, turning slowly until the kite is flying.
- Don't let the line go too fast. Let the line out at the same speed as the kite is gaining altitude.
How to celebrate National Kite Flying Day
Do you really need ideas on how to celebrate National Kite Flying Day? I will give you some ideas to get you started, and I am sure that once you make up your mind to do it, you will have many more ideas that you can take into account. Be like Mary Poppins! Gather all the fun in your life and make a party of it! Sit down and have a kite-making session - including sparkles! Then march down to the park and fly a kite! You may want to prepare yourself and the kids by calmly watching Mary Poppins and learning The Kite Song! By the way, you can be sure to sing it as you go!
A little too crafty for you? Well, you can go to the hobby store and see what their kite options are. This can be where you find donkey kites and much more than the simple creations of youth. Just make sure that if you decide to buy your kite, you still find ways to make the experience magical!
Pack your lunch and don't rush to bring the kite back to earth. While it is flying at the end of your chain, let it carry all the worries or sorrows you have and let it fly! It really is the most important way to celebrate National Kite Flying Day!
ObservedNational Kite Flying Day has been observed annually on February 8th.
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