Like many Chinese inventions, using kites became popular in other countries, where kite flying took on unique traditions and uses specific to the country.
For example, the kite's popularity spread to India years where it evolved into the fighter kite, also known as patang. Kite fighting is where participants try to snag or cut down other kites. Fighter kites are usually small, flat, flattened diamond shaped kites made of paper and bamboo. Its uses range from competitions and contests to spiritual and religious ceremonies. It is also used for military and scientific purposes. In India kites are flown at the Makar Sankranti Festival,
(celebrated mid january), Republic Day, Independence Day, and Raksha Bandhan.