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Paper Airplane Day - May 26

Paper Plane Day is a national unofficial day celebrated in the United States on May 26 each year, in honor of the beloved but so simple toy that is made entirely of paper and creativity. A paper plane is a toy plane made entirely of folded paper, yet it can provide hours of Competitive game and fun.

Paper Plane Day is usually celebrated at social gatherings where participants create and fly paper airplanes. Among the participants it is customary to hold competitions in which the basic categories are the distance reached by the plane and the time spent in the air.

How to make a paper plane

Interesting facts about paper airplanes

The common hypothesis is that the use of paper planes began 2,000 years ago in China, because the Chinese even then liked to fly kites as a pastime.

The earliest date for the creation of modern paper planes was 1909.

In Japanese paper plane called  Kami Hikouki (紙 飛行 機 Kami = paper, Hikouki = plane). Paper airplane is probably the most common form of origami (Japanese art of paper folding).

The largest paper airplane had a wingspan of 59.74 feet. Students and workers from Germany created it on September 28, 2013.

Joe Ayoob documented the longest distance a paper airplane has flown in February 2012. His airplane flew 226 feet (which is 10 inches or 69.14 meters).

The longest paper plane flight took 29.2 seconds.

How to celebrate Paper Plane Day?

You can celebrate Paper Plane Day in several ways. One is to challenge yourself in building a paper airplane and hone your aerodynamics skills by designing new paper airplanes that will go as far as possible and spend as much time in the air as possible. You can play with family or friends in a paper airplane competition. If you have children or little nephews, today is to teach them how to make a paper airplane. Watch videos about paper planes on YouTube. Use the hashtag #PaperAirplaneDay to share on social media. No matter how you celebrate Paper Aircraft Day, you are sure to have fun!

So have a happy paper airplane day!

paper airplane day

May 26 is also Dracula Day

International Kite Day- January 14

They are beautiful, colorful, fluttering in the air, flying and filling the sky with joy ... The kites are a kind of light aircraft that fly in the air without a pilot, with the person flying them being the one standing on the ground and holding the string.

The kite was invented in China, in the 5th century BC, by the philosophers Mosi and Lu Ban. By 549 AD the kites were made of paper. They were used primarily for military purposes: distance measurement, wind testing, signaling and communications. Legend has it that kites were used to fly children for espionage.
China had the ideal materials for building kites: silk fabric for sailing, and flexible bamboo for frame.
The earliest Chinese kites were flat and often rectangular. They were adorned with mythological motifs and figures from the legends.
The kites were brought from China to Cambodia, Thailand, India, Japan, Korea and the Western world.

In the photo: a giant kite in the shape of a Macau parrot (source)  
The history of International Kite Day
The International Kite Day originates in India, in the state of Gujarat, which is famous for the number of kite festivals held there every year. Gujarat residents start producing the kites several months in advance so they can be sure that there are enough kites for the millions of people who visit it during the festival The kite festival, called Otarian in Hindi, celebrates the day when winter ends and summer begins according to the Indian calendar as well as The coming harvest season, and the kites symbolize the spirits of the gods awakening from their deep winter sleep. Originally, kite flying was a sport run by the royal family and the very rich people, but in recent years it has become a festival for all people coming from all over the country and the world to take part, especially people from Japan, Italy, UK, Canada, Brazil, Indonesia, Australia, USA, Malaysia, Singapore, France and China.

How to celebrate Kite Day?
If you are traveling in India, you should come to Gujarat for the Kite Festival - Uttarayan on January 14th and participate in the International Kite Day celebration. Enjoy the amazing sight of millions of kites flying in the region’s skies, huge amounts of delicious traditional Indian food at all hours of the day and night, and lots of people from all over the world.
The celebration begins at 5 a.m. and lasts all day until late at night, with the kites lit by lights and andles creating a memorable spectacle in the dark sky.

Gujarat Kite Festival - The sky looks like an ocean full of fish
Gujarat Kite Festival at night
If you can not be in Gujarat to celebrate International Kite Day, you can celebrate near home. Make a kite or buy one, and go out with it to the nearby park to fly it in the sky.

Wright Brothers Day- December 17

On December 17, 1903, Orville and Wilbur Wright made the first manned flight on Kitty Hawk, North Carolina.

The Wright Brothers were not the first to build experimental planes, but until then the attempts failed and ended in tragic disasters.

The Wright brothers' plane was a breakthrough discovery in aviation science and influenced the research and development directions of aircraft later on. The flight took a few seconds and required further development, but it prepared the ground for the aviation industry and opened the skies for world travel to all parts of the globe.


The History of Wright Brothers Day

On September 24, 1959, US President Dwight D. Eisenhower declared the anniversary of the Wright brothers' first flight in 1903 as a holiday (this is a memorial day in the government's calendars, but it was not technically a state holiday). This was in honor of the pioneering experiments of the Wright brothers, and also to focus on the history of aviation technologies.


How to celebrate Wright Brothers Day?

Every year, the President of the United States announces this day and invites Americans to celebrate special activities and ceremonies in Kitty Hawk, North Carolina, where the first flight was held, in Dayton, Ohio, the birthplace of the Wright brothers. There are also special visits in aviation museums and special activities in schools.

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