Kite flying is an extremely popular sport in China, India, Japan, Thailand, and several other countries. ‘Kite fights’ take place in numerous countries, where kite fighters try to cut the competitors’ kites or break them if possible. Kite fighters pass their strings through an amalgam of glue and ground glass powder, making it more powerful and prone to cutting the strings of competing kites. This practice can be dangerous, as the ropes also have the potential to harm people.
A kite competition is known as “Gudiparan Bazi” in Afghanistan. Before the start of the war in the country, “Gudiparan Bazi” was a hobby for many Afghans. From the beautiful designs of the kites, which came in various shapes, to the making of the “tar” (wire), it was a matter of prestige to compete for the title of best kite fighter in the neighborhood. This sport became a means of escapism for Afghans during difficult times of war.
In India, the Makar Sankranti festival is related to flying kites. Celebrated every January 14, you can see millions of kites across North India. It is particularly popular in the state of Gujarat, where the festival is a public holiday.
The Japan Kite Association organizes a meeting of kite flyers every year in Uchinada. The “” traditional “” festivals here focus on a geographic area and a type of kite. This festival, however, attracts kites and fliers from all over the country.
The kite flying event in Weifang, China draws competitors from all over China and some from the rest of the world. This festival bears witness to an astonishing diversity of artisan kites. Numerous international competitors are also present.
The Thai Kite Heritage Group organizes a world-class kite flying event every two years on the polo field of the Royal Palace. It is no exaggeration to call the festival “majestic.”