Kites in History

Here is a little ancient kite story, told in China over the ages from generation to generation. In the Sung Dynasty, AD. 960 to AD. 1126, a peasant was told by a wise man that calamity would hit his family on the ninth day of the ninth month. To escape this calamity he was told to hike up into the mountain and fly a kite. He returned at night to find that all his cattle had been killed, but he and his family were still alive. Over time, a legend was born that a whole year’s worth of bad luck could be avoided by flying a kite on the ninth day of the ninth month.