Simple Things In Life, Whether it is a passing fad or a trend that is indicative of a societal shift has yet to be determined. Still, in recent years discussions about living a minimalist lifestyle have gone main stream. It is discussed on prime time talk shows, on news programs and is the subject of countless books as well as feature articles.

Defining what constitutes a minimalist lifestyle is not easy. It is a concept without rigid parameters. The simple definition is a person that strives to only things that serve a purpose. A broader explanation is having goals that are centered on living with only necessities and items that enrich life through the encouragement of shared simple pleasures. Can you think of anything that is more enjoyable than sharing an afternoon of kite flying with friends?

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Kite flying often invokes childhood memories of a time in life before jobs, bills, responsibilities and worries. Perhaps that is a part of the infectious charm that draws people to kite festivals, to celebrate events like International Kite day (January 14, 2023) and kite stores such as Tumbleweeds & Tarantula’s in Bullhead City, Arizona.

Kite flying has a long and complicated history. Its origins are so ancient they have been obscured by the mists of time, but the general consensus is that kites were first flown in China more than 2,000 years ago. But over the course of past few centuries kite flying has developed an international following of passionate enthusiasts. This is made manifest in well attended events in Europe, Brazil, China, Japan, Korea, the United States, and Australia.

International Kite Day originated in the city of Ahmadabad in the northern state of Gujarat, India In 1989. The inaugural event brought enthusiasts from throughout the world who came fly their kites and display flying skills. The event was rooted in the Hindi festival of Uttaraya that is also known as Makar Sankranti.

Historically this event commemorates the transition from winter to summer. Legend claims that kite flying was linked to harvest as they represented the gods’ spirits waking from their winter slumber.

Events celebrating International Kite Day are being planned all over the world. But if your minimalist lifestyle includes the joy and excitement of travel, perhaps you might start making plans to be in Gujarat on January 14. With literally tens of thousands of people in attendance, this is one of the largest kite festivals in the world.

It is a public holiday so that the people of Gujarat can join in the festivities. To meet the demand kite makers start producing them for the festival months in advance. And in the days leading up to the festival, markets are crowded with festival attendees purchasing colorful kites as well as kite supplies. For a fan of kites and of the simple pleasures that they represent, attendance of the festival would be a memory making and unforgettable experience.

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Written by Jim Hinckley of Jim Hinckley’s America