"Every winter, districts in Kabul held a kite-fighting tournament"

Kite-fighting is a popular sport in a number of Asian countries, including China, Korea, India and Thailand.  In Afghanistan, it is known as Gudiparan Bazi.  Competitors attempt to snag each other's kites and cut their strings.  To this end, kite strings are smeared with a mixture of glue and ground glass.  Kite flyers may bind their fingers to protect them against the abrasive strings.




Under Taliban rule, kite-fighting was banned in Afghanistan.