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Kites are ingenious contraptions that are intended to be flown high in
the sky at the end of a string. Making kites and flying kites is an
enjoyable and relaxing activity, as well as a competitive game in several
parts of the globe. As a matter of fact, nearly all kite flying
festivals all across Asia have "kite fights," which is a venerated and
ancient custom where players attempt to cut down their adversaries' kites
by cutting off their lines. This is achieved by using s...


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Kites are ingenious contraptions that are intended to be flown high in
the sky at the end of a string. Making kites and flying kites is an
enjoyable and relaxing activity, as well as a competitive game in several
parts of the globe. As a matter of fact, nearly all kite flying
festivals all across Asia have "kite fights," which is a venerated and
ancient custom where players attempt to cut down their adversaries' kites
by cutting off their lines. This is achieved by using small, extremely
maneuverable "fighter kites" that are connected to glass-coated "cutting
lines." These specialized "cutting lines" are used to cut off the lines
of contending kites.

In Korea, men, women and children fly kites all throughout the opening
days of the New Year. Kite flying is also something to look forward to,
and an essential part of the boys’ festival, which is held each May in
Japan, and in China, one day each year is commemorated as Kites’ Day. On
those days, thousands of kites fashioned like fish, butterflies and
dragons take to the air and soar over the cities and towns. Thailand
also supports an International Kite Festival in which all kites fall into
one of two classes: chula (male) or pakpao (female) kites. The kites are
immense and need quite a lot of people to fly them. There are also kite-
flying contests held every year in the United States and Canada.

Types of Kites

There are numerous assorted forms of kites. The basic kind of kites is
the two-stick solitary plane bow kite. It can be bought ready-made or it
can be put together from do-it-yourself kits or made exclusively by hand.
When making uncomplicated kites, the sticks that are used can be of any
sturdy lightwood with a straight grain. The covering material can just
be regular brown wrapping paper, or a wispy, light cloth, such as silk or
nylon. Plastic sheets of different kinds are also used by kite makers.
In addition, cloth is used for the tail and a string for the flight line.
There are also more sophisticated kinds of kites that can be assembled.

The box kite consists fundamentally of two rectangular boxes, open on two
equivalent sides apiece and linked by a general framework. Lawrence
Hargrave conceived of the original design in the 1890’s. Box kites are
more tricky to construct than stick kites, but they are outstanding
flyers and will keep their place for long periods. Box kites also adjust
well to variations in the breeze, and they do not have need of a tail.

How to Fly Kites

Kites take to the air, like airplanes, on the aerodynamic theory of wind
pressure against a heavier-than-air item. The motor and propeller of the
airplane generate wind pressure as they move the aircraft through the
air. When the pressure is strong enough to conquer gravity, the plane is
pressed up and permitted to stay in the air. The similar consequence of
wind pressure is produced by the kite flyer as he sprints across an open
field. As the kite moves in opposition to the wind, the string tips the
face of the kite onward. The wind shoves up on this tipped face and
raises the kite, just as a wedge pressed beneath an object lifts it up.

				
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