February 8th National Kite Flying Day

You wouldn’t think that flying a kite was a winter sport but apparently it is. I guess maybe the wind is better during the winter, honestly I don’t go out that much to compare the difference between winter and summer winds. However, running along the beach to launch your kite is probably easier during the winter because there won’t be as many people in the way.

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The world has been flying kites for nearly as long as mankind has been around. 3,000 years ago the Chinese military used kites probably to scare it’s opponents. Of course the people launching the kites probably were captured since they had to be out in front of the kite but I doubt that their commanders really cared.

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If you think about it, seeing something huge in the sky would have been very frightening before kites were fully understood. Of course today we still marvel at kites whether they are big or small, and kites seem to just keep getting better and better.

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In some cases, we can fly kites that make us believe we are in the ocean, a clear blue sky helps. Flying kites often leads us to dream about all sorts of things bringing our fantasy world closer to reality. We can imagine ourselves either riding that kite or actually being the kite, and now with the cameras that have been developed we can actually see what our kites see.

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How to celebrate – (I hate to actually say it but…) Go fly a kite! Design your own kite. Teach a child how to fly a kite, but remember it’s winter so dress warm!

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