Kite Flying In Afghanistan Noora al azzawi and myrna bader

Kite Flying

A fiercely competitive sport in the country, kite flying involved strategically cutting the strings of others' kites by coating their strings in ground glass and adhesive, turning it to a blade.

Kite flying took a statute of arts by many people as it was a form of outdoor sports.

It was part of Afghans national game.

It can be considered a dangerous game as Many people are injured when they fall off from the roofs while chasing for free kites or when they lost concentration during a heated battle.

The formation of kites is also dangerous, because of the threads.

Most kites are made by a thread known as deadly- manja which causes severe damage and harm to a human's hands

Autumn is considered the good season for Kite Flying in Afghanistan because of the good winds, and the enthusiasm and excitement of people including kids and adults.

The beautiful weather inspires the Afghans to practice their favourite sport.

Kite Running

Kite running is the off running after drifting kites in the sky that have been cut loose in kite fighting launching the loser's aloft and on the battleground, there is a fate worse than losing. If your opponent should find your kite, well, the humiliation is doubled


Before it was banned, people used to fly kites in a place called Chaman-e-Babrak [in northern Kabul], and the kite flying competitions were held there. Kids, teenagers, adults and older people from all over Afghanistan and Kabul City were getting together for kite competitions, and they used to lay wagers on fighting kites.

The Taliban

The Taliban banned kite flying in Afghanistan during its rule, which began in 1996, because it viewed the national past time to be anti-Islamic


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"Kite Flying in Afghanistan." The Kabul Times - Kite Flying in Afghanistan. N.p., n.d. Web. 18 Jan. 2017.

Semple, Kirk. "For Afghan Boys and Men, Kite Flying Is a Way of Life." The New York Times. N.p., 14 Dec. 2007. Web.

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