Kites - a Traditional Chinese Craft

Chinese Kite Festivals take place in the first week of September. It is the Festival of Ascending on High. Kites are flown for a week, and on the last day people let go of the strings so that the kites fly off by themselves. The symbolism behind this is that as the kite flies away, so will illness and bad luck. If someone comes across a kite that has fallen to the ground, they must burn it, so that the illness and bad luck do not fall on them.

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This page last updated July 2nd, 1999