Kite flying is a serious sport with world championships, complex rules and zero yearly fatalities ... unless you count the Basant Kite Festival in Pakistan, which kills about 10 people a year. For flying kites. Or it did, before they finally banned it a few years ago.
Unlike regular kite flying, which consists of getting your kite up in the air and ... watching it for awhile until you get bored, we guess, this deadlier version is all about cutting your neighbors' kite strings with your own, which are specially made of razor wire and bits of broken glass. Just picking up the string can turn your hands into a bloody mess if you don't take precautions.
In normal kite flying, everyone's a winner; here, nobody is.
Basant is a huge festival, too, so basically once a year the whole sky is filled with near-invisible razor blades, all zooming around, trying to cut other razor blades or whoever crosses their path. Multiple people have died almost every year of the festival, either by having their throats slashed by the strings, accidentally cutting through a power line and getting electrocuted or simply falling off a rooftop while flying a kite. It doesn't help that some kite enthusiasts also enjoy shooting their guns into the air at this time of the year.
Bikers are the most affected, which is why they've even started attaching string-stopping bamboo bows to their vehicles. Check it out:
But what fun is riding a motorcycle without a decent chance of decapitation?
The Pakistani Supreme Court tried to ban the practice in 2005, but were protested so heavily that the ban was lifted in 2007 -- and 10 more people died. Then they banned it again, but since this is such a long-standing tradition, people still want to do it. Apparently 10 deaths a year is considered an acceptable sacrifice to the gods of kiting.
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