Not all around a year but yes, in Dashain, we see flying kites all over the sky. The children especially the boys seem to have fond of flying kites. Although there are very few children who still enjoy flying kites, it is fun watching them playing around with the unsolved threads and showing off their kites.
With that, there is a very common word used in Nepal while watching the kites flying all over the sky. If someone cut the thread of the kite, then we call it “Changa Chait” which means that the kite is terminated. It’s a kinda kite fight. You see, flying all above the boundary of the sky is not the only thing that happens during kite flying.
You want it or not but a sudden sense of competing comes when you see other kites flying above yours and your hand automatically draws itself to fly higher and higher than anyone else’s kite.
Back then, we had no idea why do we even fly the kites. There would be no wonder realising that there are still a lot of people who don’t know about the reasons behind us flying the kites, especially during Dashain.
It is said that when you fly the kites in the sky, you are letting your ancestors in heaven know that you are doing fine. Moreover, it also means that you are remembering them. Also, in some aspects, it is believed that Kites are a way to guide the recently released souls to heaven too.
The animals and people that die on earth need to find a way to heaven. Thus, kites join the sky and the earth during this holy time.
While there is another myth that defines this act as a message to Lord Indra who is well known as the god of rain. But this time, the message is not a request for rain instead it is to stop the rain. So that the farmers could harvest their grains.
Paper Kites, which are also believed to be a way of sending the message of joy and wishes to our friends, neighbour and family of the festivities and happiness.
However, talking more about the reasons for flying kites does not end the series here. There is one folklore related to flying kites which starts from the people of Kathmandu Valley who used to fly the kites in their free time.
But, this recreation additionally caused injury to several birds furthermore likewise killed a few of them.
Then, the birds summoned a meeting with the king, reporting the threads upon their lives. The meeting then somehow concluded with the people agreeing to fly kites only one time a year. And, that time is no other than the Dashain Festival.
Thus, it is said that after that people started flying kites during Dashain and only in Dashain.
Reference: From Aayushma B. (Wikye.com)
Kite Flying on Dashain: The Tradition of Nepalese People