International Kite Day
International Kite Day is annual observance celebrated on January 14th of each year. Anyone would have wished to be a kite as to fly over the sky. Kites are usually found to be colorful, lightweight, decorated, that creates lift and drag on the air. The existence of the kites is found several centuries ago in different parts of the world. The constant lifts and drags of the kites will look so beautiful when seen and make anyone fall for it as to fly kites. However, International Kite Day is not only about the kites. It is celebrated as International Kite Festival or Uttarayan that mark the start of summer in India.
“Kites rise highest against the wind – not with it.” – Winston Churchill
History of International Kite Day
The International Kite Day has been celebrated since the year 1989. The celebration Day has been found to be originated in India. The kite flying has been a regional event in Gujarat, a state in India for several years. The Day has been called as the International Kite Festival or Uttarayan in Hindi. The celebration is regarded as one of the biggest festivals celebrated. The date is precisely chosen as the festival of Uttarayan marks the day on which the winter begins to turn into summer. The residents in Gujarat will begin to manufacture the kites for the festival months before the festival as let people who visit there can buy it.
Uttarayan is the sign of harvest season for the farmers and cultivators. The day is traditionally called as Makara Sankranti and is the day on which the sun is back for the harvest according to Indian calendar. It is considered to be one of the most important harvest days in India. The festival is also a symbolism that shows the awakening of the Gods from their deep sleep. Originally kite flying was a sport for kings which later became a popular sport for anyone who wishes to fly kites.
Other Celebrations on January 14
January 14 is also celebrated as
- National Dress Up Your Pet Day
- National Clean Off Your Desk Day
- Organize Your Home Day
- National Hot Pastrami Sandwich Day
How to Celebrate International Kite Day
Celebrating the International Kite Day is quite simple. The first thing you need to do is to fly a kite. Learn and train to fly kites in the sky. Fly kites along with your friends to enjoy the Day more joyfully. Anyone who is affordable can participate in the event held in Gujarat every year starting at 5 a.m. As this Day marks the harvest season, you can get to know about the agriculture and the farmers too. Let your children stay away from their tech gadgets and make them fly kites on the air. It is also essential to teach them the safety measures of flying kites. Share your Kite Day celebrations on the social media using the hashtag #KiteDay.