Importance Of Kites Flying During Dashain Festival of Nepal

Importance Of Kites Flying During Dashain Festival of Nepal

Here is some information & importance Of Kites Flying During Dashain Festival of Nepal with photos. Flying kites in Dashain festival are famous for Dashain Kites. There are varieties of Dashain kites available in the market.

People of many castes such as Brahmin, Chhetri, Newar, Gurung, Magar Tamang, Bhote, Tharu, Rai, Chepang, Kami, Damai and Sarki lived in a different part of the country. Their cultures and ceremonies were developing.

They celebrate festivals for entertainment such as Indrajatra, Gaijatra, Bhoto Jatra, Kumari Jatra Dashain, Teej, Ghantakarna, Mahakali Dance, and Lakhe Dance. But Dashain is celebrated widely in all over the Nepal. In this cultural festival Dashain, one of the most popular things to do in Dashain festival is flying kites.

The living standard of the Nepalese in Kathmandu is very low. They speak Nepali, Newari, Maithili, Bhojpuri, Magar, and so on. During Dashain festival, They live a very free life and so they do not have much busy to celebrate this festival in different styles.

They celebrate many social festivals like other parts do. However, they celebrate the Dashain and Tihar festivals. Kathmandu is very rich in culture. Many Nepalese people have settled in Kathmandu. They are ahead to have adopted the modern lifestyle. As we know that Kathmandu is the capital city of Nepal.

There are people of 75 districts formed the Nepalese Unity feelings. They have sufficient facilities of education, entertainment, health, etc. In many countries school, education and health services are free. During the Dashain festival, school’s children are on holiday. They have much more pleasant time for kite flying.

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Kites

Dashain kites are flying by the children. Most of the school children are interested in flying kites in Dashain festival of Nepal. In this vacation are running in the school. That is why children get time to fly the kites in the sky. They are very excited. There are full of the sky of Kathmandu City, a capital city of Nepal with Dashain kites during the Dashain festival.

There are different kinds of kites are flying in the sky. The sky is seen like the multi-colored sky. We have already discussed that Dashain is the longest festival in Nepal. It is the one of greatest festival of Nepal as well. It is celebrated during 15 long days.

Importance of kites on Dashain festival

Dashain symbolizes the victory of good over evil. For followers and devotees of Shaktism, it symbolizes the win of the Hindu goddess Parvati. In Hindu mythology, the demon Mahishasura had created terror in the devlok but Durga killed the demons.

Shrinkhala Khatiwada Changa Kites Images
Shrinkhala Khatiwada is flying kites

The initial nine days of Dashain represents the fight which took place among the various manifestations of Durga and Mahishasura. The tenth day is the day when Durga finally defeated him. For other Hindus, this festival symbolizes the victory of Ram over Ravana as recounted in the Ramayana.

Dashain is also known as Bijaya Dashami among Nepalese people. It is historic and famous festival of Nepal. It is as well celebrated in numerous parts of India, as well as is known as Dashera. Dashain is one of the main festivals in Nepal next to Tihar.

Flying kite is considered as an historical way to remind the gods not to rain any longer. Travelling through the days of Dashain Festival, you’ll observe people of any ages flying kites in all places. Underneath the warm sunshine, the clean blue sky is crammed with colorful kites of different sizes, shapes and color.

The entire valley is wrapped up into happiness, laughter and contentment. Kite (Changa) means free, as the name implies it has vigorous power to take your body and heart away to a new level. Kites are basically light weighted as well as extremely thin flying object which uses paper or plastic with balance technique.

Shrinkhala Khatiwada Changa Kites Images
Shrinkhala Khatiwada is flying kites

Kite is a piece of craft that has a tether with wings which react against air to create lift and drag mechanism, which helps to fly high in the sky. People Love Kite Flying In Nepal during Dashain.

In Nepal, Dashain is celebrated for about 15 days and among these the most significant days are the first, seventh, eighth, ninth, tenth and the fifteenth only. “Changa” i.e. kite is a flying object usually made up of slim plastic or paper. Sometimes plastic tail is also added to kite for balancing it properly when flying in the air.

Flying a kite is also an extra talent which needs skills and even one should understand the pressure of air as well as flying methods. Flying kite will surely gives you the real thrill of flying and the kite will certainly take you to a various places where you have never been to.

Even though it is not an adventure game is sure to give you the thrill. When the kite is in the air, lift of wind helps to keep the kite flying by creating low pressure and high pressure below the wings. The air around kite helps to create horizontal drag.

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A man watching Kite in The Sky

If the kite is about to fall, rolling the threads will set the kite in the right direction and the kite flyer should know when to leave the threads and when to roll to fly high.

Kites are made up of the bits and pieces such as silk fabric, light paper, also flexible bamboo for creating a flying mechanism. Kites have varies uses throughout the history.

at the present time, kites are flown mainly for amusement and contest as a fun game which basically was a form of art and flown for practical reasons such as exploration, measuring distance, testing wind direction for the weather forecast, locating enemies, sending the message for rescue and even the development of aircraft in early days. Kites are believed to be invented in China in the 5th century B.C according to ancient stories.

There are various tales of flying kites in Nepal. Our school teacher also told one myth which goes like this: In the past peoples of Kathmandu valley were usually working in the field and at times when they didn’t have anything to do they would fly kites in the field.

Their behavior caused trouble to birds; birds suffered problems of entanglement with threads and multiple cuts to newly flying birds. The extent of accidents kept increasing so the birds decided to meet the King with a request to solve their life-threatening problem.

The people, the king, and the birds had a long meeting and they concluded with a mutual agreement to fly kites only one time during the year. The perfect moment to fly kites will not be either summer; winter or spring however it would be the time after the Monsoon; when the weather will be mild as well as perfect with a swift gentle wind to fly kites i.e. during the Dashain-Tihar festival.

How to tie Kites? Do you know? If you don’t know then you can watch this youtube video to learn.

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While the escaping kite flies away, other kids try to grab it by catching its remaining part of string. As the string is added with sharp ‘Majha’ many kids out there cut their hands by those sharp strings. That was the fun of flying kite in Kathmandu valley. Such tradition however is not seen in Kathmandu valley these days.

While flying the kites please, be aware and make everyone aware of the likely dangers and remind everyone that safety comes first. While enjoying and having fun don’t ever neglect safety issues. Without proper supervision don’t allow your children to fly kites Restrict children from flying kites from the terrace or heights.

When flying kite, make sure that your children Use flat and open ground areas. Furthermore, you can also Use gloves to avoid cuts or burn in hands due to excessive kite flying.

Consider all safety measures before playing. Let’s free our mind and have fun by flying kites and recreate our childhood memories.  So, together, let’s widen the significance of friendship at the same time giving continuation to our tradition.

Dashain is the best as well as the most celebrated festival in the countries like Nepal, Bhutan, Burma, and North Indian hills. People go back to their house from all parts of the world, as well as various parts of the country, to enjoy the festival jointly.

All government offices, educational institutions as well as other private offices remain closed during the festival time. This festival lies either in September or October.  Enjoy.

Flying Kites in Dashain festival of Nepal, in the Kathmandu city. Watch here some Dashain Kites in the sky of Kathmandu, Nepal.

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Kite Flying Images

Dashain Kites Flying in Kathmandu, Nepal

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Author: Jitendra Sahayogee

I am Jitendra Sahayogee, a writer of 12 Nepali literature books, film director of Maithili film & Nepali short movies, photographer, founder of media house, designer of some websites and writer & editor of some blogs, has expert knowledge & experiences of Nepalese society, culture, tourist places, travels, business, literature, movies, festivals, celebrations.

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