Significance of Kites in Hinduism

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A kite is a secured heavier-than-air craft or even fastened lighter-than-air craft with wing surfaces that fly against the air to generate lift and drag. A kite consists of wings, ropes, and anchors. Kites often have a harness and tail to control the kite’s face so the wind can elevate it.

During the Indian spring festival of Makar Sankranti, millions of people fly kites all over India around mid-January. What is its significance? Let’s find out.

Kite flying is an intrinsic part of Makar Sankranti celebrations. Colorful kites adorn the sky from the morning of Makar Sankranti. According to Hindu beliefs, the tradition of kite flying began so that people would be exposed to the Sun, which would rid them of the disease caused by winter. The Sun’s rays, particularly during early morning or late afternoon hours, are a good source of Vitamin D. People also believe that the skies are decorated with colorful kites to thank the gods.

Makar Sankranti also referred to as Uttarayana, Maghi, or simply Sankranti, is a Hindu observance and festival. Usually falling on the date of January 15 annually, this occasion marks the transition of the Sun from the zodiac of Sagittarius to Capricorn. The beautiful January blue skies and the cool breeze are ideal for the kites to sail upwards. No, Kite Flying is not a poor man’s hobby, as it helps us face the Sun after intense winters.

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