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Butterfly kite

Description: The first kites were probably flown in China more that 3,000 years ago. Like this kite, they were made by stretching silk over bamboo frames. Kites continue to be an integral part of Chinese culture today. Each year, people all over China celebrate Kite Festivals on the 9th day of the 9th month of the Chinese calendar. On this day people launch their finest kites for all to see. Kites fill the sky from morning to nightfall and thousands of people spend the day outdoors watching the antics of the kites. Children even get a day off from school! At the end of the day, the kites are released and it is believed that all bad luck is carried away with them. In Chinese culture, butterflies symbolize happiness, love and summertime.
Collection: The Children's Museum of Indianapolis
Copyright: This file is licensed under a CC BY-SA 3.0 license by The Children’s Museum of Indianapolis.
Subjects: Kites
China -- Social life and customs
China -- Folklore
Kites -- China

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