National Kite Flying Day is an American holiday dedicated to kites. These products have been known to mankind for several millennia. Watching a kite soaring in the sky, you can forget about all your problems and relax, think about something high and infinite. The holiday is celebrated every year on February 8th.
Historians claim that the first kites appeared in ancient China. It happened around the 4th century BC. It is not known for certain for what purpose kites were used then. The information that has come down to us indicates that these flying creations were associated with mythology. A kite launched into the sky symbolized a signal from people to deities.
Kites were also useful in military affairs. They were equipped with flashlights and launched into the sky. It was very visible even at a great distance. The soldiers saw the signal and could take some action or start executing the order.
It is believed that kites arrived in Europe around the 13th century. This happened thanks to the explorer and traveler Marco Polo, who brought this Asian invention to Italy. In the USA, snakes appeared later. Most likely, the Europeans brought them there with them when they developed new territories and created colonies.
- The first kites created in China were very similar in design to modern ones. They were a bamboo frame, on which silk or other fabric was stretched.
- Kites helped engineers build airplanes. On their basis, experiments were carried out that made it possible to establish the optimal lifting force that an aircraft should have.
- Kites in World War I were used as reconnaissance devices and also helped to correct artillery fire.
How to celebrate
Build your own kite on National Kite Flying Day and enjoy flying it. If you feel that you are good at engineering, then you can take part in various competitions and events where people create the coolest and most unusual kites, and then compete in controlling them.
Tell about the holiday on social networks. Ask other users if they often fly kites. Do they like this kind of entertainment?
When is National Kite Flying Day celebrated in 2023?
National Kite Flying Day is observed on February 8 each year.