Kite flying is deeply rooted in the heart of Indian history. Indians have known to be flying kites and holding competitions, all over. In fact, Gujarat, a state in India, is one of the most popular hubs in the entire world for kite-flyers. Or at least it was. Today, with all the advancements and introduction of high-tech gadgets every day the kite-flying has become an extremely rare activity. It is like an endangered animal, living at the brink of its extinction.
Kite flying also has a lot of health benefits! Being an outdoor activity, it allows us to experience nature. This, in turn, helps in lowering anxiety and depression and also helps improve pain management. Not only is kite flying a feast to the sore eyes, but it also helps regulate the eye muscles and nerves better when you try to look and focus on a flying kite and tracking its movements. This also allows us to stretch our shoulders and neck so our cervical spine and spinal muscle tension are maintained. This promotes the flexibility of ligaments and vertebral joints and prevents degenerative changes. It is also believed to regenerate energy and has a way of reducing the building stress and tension
In order to help rekindle the spark of kite-flying, a lot of measures are being taken.
People from all across India are organizing activities and workshops to promote kite-flying. Many schools are also helping by organizing events of kite-flying so as to revive the tradition and encouraging students to cultivate it as a habit.
In the spirit of keeping the tradition alive, the Brunei Darussalam Kite Association is planning to introduce the kite-flying tradition to schools through workshops, competitions and activities all over the country.
Kite-flying is one of our oldest cultures. It is our tradition. It is our pride. And we must hold on to it!