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Stories about kites

When gusty winds are dashing across fields and meadows in autumn it’s high season for kiting fans. Not only in the country they fly their kites now in a large variety of colours and forms (steered by boxes or controllers or by one string only ). Berlin, too, has meanwhile become a genuine hotspot. In autumn a lot of different kiting festivals attract numerous professionals, beginners  and spectators.

Take for example „Britzer Garden“: On the ninth of October the event „Luftikus“ in connection with  „The International Kite-Flying-Days for Peace“ took place around the spacious ground for playing and recreation. Apart from the experts that had been invited the visitors, too, could fly their „sky-scratching“ heroes. There was even a special „wind parcours“ for kids only where they could test their skills.

But where does this tradition come from – making a rigged piece of canvas rise up into the air? The very first examples of this use of kites derive from China. There they were made in the fifth century BC as valuable tokens of love, made of silk or bamboo. Later as paper was used – which was cheaper – the kite spread across the complete asian continent. Today in Japan alone there are known more than 300 different species. Merchants imported the first kites westward in the sixteenth century.

Hereabouts the kite is important first of all for people having fun or doing Sport. Under the keyword „kiting“ various activities are summarized that deal with the power of wind and projectiles. Apart from „Kite-Surfing“ or „Snowkiting“ there are „Trickflight“ and „Powerkiting“ as well. If you want to inform yourself on kiting sport you’ll find many specialist suppliers all over Berlin.

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