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Family who stays in Bali on August are very lucky. On 3-6 August 2017, the exciting kites festival are held in Sanur beach, Bali. One of the most favorite events for children in Bali, to watch many colorful kites adorn the sky. Traditional giant kites are made and flown competitively by teams from the local and International teams in various shapes and sizes.

The event itself is a seasonal religious festival in intend to express thankful or gratitude to Hindu Gods. In this moment is Vayu-God, the God who manage the wind, for giving oxygen and every element of air to the every living creature. Also, with praise the God and feeling joyful, all Balinese-Hinduism are wishes and welcome the windy season to create abundant crops and harvest in this full year.

Bali kites festival
Bali kites festival
Bali kites festival

Banjar Competition

The festival main events are taking place along the eastern coast of Padang galak beach, just north of Sanur. The competition is followed by youth groups from many “banjar” (district) in Bali, who send their sekaa layangan (kites group) team to participate and win prize money from sponsors.

A competition is also usually held for ‘new creation’ kites, which may include detailed three-dimensional figures and unusual designs, from Hindu gods, animals, to mascots and brand sponsors. A gamelan orchestra accompanies each troupe, adding to the joyous spirit of the Bali Kites Festival and the drama of take-off and landing sequences.

The Balinese traditional kites are gigantic and have evolved into increasingly bombastic proportions over the years, measuring up to four meters in width and 10 meters in length. Some other versions, such as the ‘janggan’ type have impressive flowing ribbon tails often reaching 100 meters or more in length.

Bali kites festival
Bali kites festival

Lightweight fabrics are selected according to an agreed-upon color scheme and some are fitted with intricately carved heads. The final results await transport – usually by truck and requiring special escort along small Balinese roads – towards the Bali Kites Festival flying grounds on Padang galak Beach.

The ‘bebean’ type is the most common design with a traditional outline of a fish and is the common ‘giant kite’ of Bali that dominates the skies. The ‘janggan’ somewhat resembles birds with shorter and rounder wings and their long flowing ‘kedeber’ ribbon tails often outshine the kite’s body once airborne.

Bali kites festival
Bali kites festival

Come and Take Part

In each competition, the task of assembling and flying the entailing ‘kedeber’ is a major challenge for the piloting troupe that normally comprises a dozen or so boys and men.

Categories to win include ‘best launch’, ‘best design’ and the ‘longest flight’. Occasionally, the kites descend over nearby rice paddies, and team members must dash through the coast onto the fields to retrieve the hard-earned and painstakingly built kite before it gets soaked.

An exciting 2017 festival in Bali to take part in whilst staying at Sahaja Sawah Resort. Don’t miss out, book us today directly through website or view our other great accommodation offers on www.sahajasawahresort.com

Source :

http://www.bali-indonesia.com/magazine/bali-kites-festival.html