National Kite Month is recognized throughout April every year. Kite flying, from a layman’s perspective, is a simple pleasurable sport or hobby that should not be paid special attention to. However, to the kite-flying community, this month is dedicated to experiencing the joys of kite flying and sharing the profound bliss derived from engaging in this sport. Kite fliers are much more than a group of people with a shared pastime — they are extremely creative and passionate individuals who enjoy sharing their creativity with others.
History of National Kite Month
National Kite Month is organized yearly by the American Kitefliers Association (A.K.A.).
It was founded by the late Robert M. Ingraham of New Mexico in 1964. Being the largest association of kite fliers, the A.K.A. currently has thousands of members in over 25 countries.
The origin of kites has not been fully established, but it is speculated that they were first invented in China since kite flying was first mentioned in 200 B.C. in the Han Dynasty when Chinese General Han Xin flew a kite to evaluate his army’s defense strategy.
Kite flying was further developed by Chinese philosopher Motse until this novel pursuit spread to other regions, with each region developing a distinctive style for its kites. Sailors from Japan brought kites back to Europe in the late 17th century; this, however, had little impact on European culture. Over the years that followed, kites were regarded as objects of scientific research and advancement, rather than mere curiosity.
However, in the 1800s, as successive experiments led to the rapid development of mechanically powered aircraft, this diminished people’s interest in kites — they were flown only for recreation.
History tells us that kites (aside from being a form of recreation) have been used for diverse purposes. They were once used by the military for defense, attack, and surveillance. They were also used for scientific purposes, such as in Benjamin Franklin’s famous experiment proving that lightning is electricity.
Recognizing that kite flying is worthwhile and pleasurable, the A.K.A. is dedicated to “sharing the joy of kites through education in the art, science, and practice of making and flying kites safely.”
National Kite Month timeline
The kite is claimed as the invention of Chinese philosophers Motse and Lu Ban.
Marco Polo brings the first stories about kites to Europe while physical evidence is brought back by sailors.
Kites influence research and development efforts in building the first airplane.
Kites become famous for scientific experiments in diverse fields of study.
National Kite Month FAQs
How high can a kite fly?
The generally accepted altitude for flying a kite is 150 feet with weight being a deciding factor too.
Why do kites have tails?
Kites have tails to make them sturdy and fly better in the right direction.
Is flying a kite illegal?
As long as you are not obstructing any structure or tree, or annoying and endangering passersby, motorists, and neighbors, flying a kite in a public space is completely okay.
National Kite Month Activities
Attend a kite festival
The sky is one of the most impressive sights to behold. This month is the perfect opportunity to find and attend amazing kite festivals.
Make your own kite
Engage your kids or invite your friends and family to a kite-making workshop. Or you may simply ask them to help you make a kite.
Join the community
You can celebrate by joining the kite-flying community through social media and blog subscriptions. This is a day to increase your knowledge about kites, pick up tips, and read amazing stories of people passionate about kite-flying.
5 Fun Facts About Kites
Kite-flying was once banned
In Japan, flying kites was once preferred over work, and the former had to be banned.
A Japanese flew the most kites
A Japanese kite maker holds the record for flying the largest number of kites on a single line: 11,284.
There’s a record of the longest kite
The longest kite in the world measures 3,392 feet.
It’s a competitive sport
Kite flying in Thailand has been turned into a competitive sport of “kite fighting” with about 78 rules.
Kites were flown years ago
History records that the first kites were flown more than 3,000 years ago.
Why We Love National Kite Month
It’s a beautiful outdoor experience
Kite flying is a peaceful pastime. It is also a wonderful excuse to feel the outdoors and enjoy the weather without having to travel far.
It gives us time for family
Flying kites gives family members the chance to bond with each other. They may attend kite festivals or fly their own kites near where they live.
It gives us a sense of belonging
Being part of a creative group of individuals who shares the same passion is uplifting. This month gives all kite fliers a sense that they belong.
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