Go Fly a Kite Day is observed annually on the third Sunday of April. This year’s event will occur on April 16. The expression “Go fly a kite” does not always mean to go launch a kite; it is also used as an idiom to request that someone leave you alone or depart. This is because instructing someone to go fly a kite is obligatory. The expression first appeared in the 1940s and remained prevalent for a number of decades thereafter. This national celebration is interpreted to mean that individuals should go fly a kite rather than tell someone to depart.
The background of Go Fly a Kite Day
A kite is a light frame enveloped in paper, plastic, or fabric and designed to be flown at the end of a long string in the air.
Kites are believed to have originated in Shandong, the easternmost province of China, and were distributed throughout Asia by merchants who brought them to India and Korea. In various locations, distinct kite varieties and cultural purposes for flying them evolved. In the early days, bamboo and silk-covered paper kites were commonplace. The European traveller Marco Polo wrote about kites and how to propel them in 1295 B.C. Kites had become popular as children’s toys by the 16th century, due to books and literature that popularised them. Kites were eventually utilised for scientific investigation. In 1749, Scottish meteorologist Alexander Wilson used a kite-mounted thermometer to measure the atmospheric temperature at 3,000 feet.
Benjamin Franklin demonstrated that lightning is electricity using a kite in 1752. In the late 1800s, when the Wright brothers were developing the first aircraft, they studied kites. In the first half of the 20th century, new kite designs began to take flight.
Kites have been used for millennia to ward off evil, send messages, raise banners, represent the gods, uncover natural phenomena, drop propaganda leaflets, propel craft, spy on opponents, photograph the Earth, transmit radio signals, measure the weather, transport passengers into the sky, and catch fish. Currently, kites are flown for sport, recreation, and as a traditional form of artistic expression. The kite was the first aircraft to achieve flight, serving as a precursor to human flight.
GO FLY A KITE DAY ACTIVITIES
Fly a kite
The name of the holiday includes kite flying, so that is precisely what we should do. Kite-flying is always pleasurable, regardless of age or youth.
Make a kite
Creating a kite is typically more pleasurable than buying one. There are numerous types of kites to construct and numerous techniques for doing so, but the most important aspect is to enjoy the process.
Attend a kite club.
There should be a kite club in your area, and if there isn’t one, you should investigate international options. Joining a kite club will make kiting more enjoyable.
5 FUN FACTS ABOUT KITES
Planes are a progression from kites.
The top speed for a kite was 193 kilometres per hour.
The greatest kite length is 3,394 feet.
In 1760, kites were forbidden in Japan because they were considered an insult to the Shinto religion.
During the American Civil War, kites were used to convey letters.
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