Let kites soar: A Lenten tradition takes flight – The Christian season of Lent and the Easter holiday are laden with time-honored traditions that are both secular and religious. Many such traditions are universal, but people still find ways to celebrate their Christian faith in their own unique ways.
Each Good Friday, residents of Bermuda take to the beach to fly kites. The tradition began from a legend that says a local teacher was attempting to explain to Sunday school students about Jesus’ ascension to heaven. The students were not grasping the concept, so the teacher purportedly launched a kite in the shape of a cross into the air to explain the matter. The students followed the teacher to a hilltop, set the kite flying, and then the teacher cut the string and the students watched it sail. In Bermuda, kite-flying remains a much-anticipated Good Friday tradition.
Good Friday can be a solemn day, but it also is a day of joy in which the faithful give thanks for Jesus’ ultimate sacrifice for his people. Launching beautiful kites into the air toward heaven can transform the sky into an awe-inspiring mosaic of shapes and colors. Traditional Bermudian kites are crafted from colorful tissue paper and white pine wood, with rattan or bamboo used as the headstick bender. Great care and artistry is put into the crafting of these kites. Those who are short on time purchase pre-made kites for convenience.
The kite-flying extravaganza in Bermuda is followed by a meal of codfish cakes and hot cross buns.
Families looking for a special way to honor Christ during Lent may want to incorporate this vivid tradition of kite-flying into their celebrations.
Reminds me of Mary Poppin’s
Oh, oh, oh!Let’s Go Fly A Kite – Mary Poppin’s
Let’s go fly a kite
Up to the highest height!
Let’s go fly a kite and send it soaring
Up through the atmosphere
Up where the air is clear
Oh, let’s go fly a kite!
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