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The History of Kites

By Isny Dewi R

02 October 2020

Kites are one of traditional games that have been in demand again during COVID-19 outbreak in Indonesia.

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Kites are one of traditional games that have been in demand again during COVID-19 outbreak in Indonesia. Kites have now returned to decorate the sky in many cities, including Jakarta. Those who play it are not only children, but also adults. Regardless, do you know what the history of kites was like?
 
Reporting Encyclopedia Britannica, kites were first popular in China about 3,000 years ago. At that time, some ideal materials for making kites already existed. These materials include silk for making sails, silk with high tensile strength for airways, and strong bamboo for making a strong and lightweight frames.
 
The earliest known Chinese kites were flat (not bent) and rectangular. After that, kites began to spread to other countries such as Korea, Japan, Myanmar, India, Arabia, North Africa, then further to the Malaysian peninsula, Indonesia, and the islands of Oceania east of Easter Island.
 
Launching Kompas.com, one of Jakarta Kite Museum guides, Asep Irawan said, according to the results of national archaeological research in 1981, 1986 and 1991, kites in Indonesia first appeared on Muna Island, in Southeast Sulawesi. The kite is made of crocheted leaves and shaped into a kite. Initially, the people of Southeast Sulawesi used it to seek the existence of God in the sky.
 
Compiling the official website of the Ministry of Education and Culture (Kemdikbud), the kite is a type of game that is played by both children and adults. In general, kites are played during high winds because if there is no wind they cannot fly.
 
Apart from strong wind, someone also has to be skilled in order to fly a kite. If you don't pay attention to those things, the kite will find it difficult to fly. Usually, open and wide fields are a favorite place to fly kites. Because in that place the wind is stronger and there are no objects blocking the kites while flying, such as cables, trees, or people's houses.
 
Kites have nothing to do with certain social events and do not have religious-magical elements in them. But just game to fill spare time.
 
According to the Ministry of Education and Culture's website, kites also have characteristics, including:
- There are two pairs of the same length.
- There is a pair of opposite angles that are equally big.
- There is one axis of symmetry which is the longest diagonal.
- One of the diagonals bisects the other diagonally perpendicularly.
- The diagonals of the kite are perpendicular to each other.
- The diagonal connecting the vertex of the vertex divides the corners of the apex and the kite into two equal parts.

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