KATHMANDU, Oct 9: Once the main means of entertainment during Dashain, kites are rarely seen in the sky of Kathmandu. The sky above Tudikhel, which used to be full of kites during Dashain in the past, is now empty.
There is a certain thrill to flying kites. Colorful kites dotting the skies of Kathmandu used to be a sign that the Dashain festival is arriving. However, the tradition of flying kites with the onset of Dashain has gradually taken a backseat due to rapid urbanization and modern lifestyle. While kids are still enthusiastic about flying kites as a sport, adults mostly don’t participate. Attributed to either hectic schedule or mere lack of interest, today's generation rarely flies kites to mark one of the most prominent festivals.