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Bali's Kites

16 July 2015

If you visit Bali between June and September, you will notice that the sky is strewn with hundreds of kites, and you may hear the humming sound of the kite strings vibrating in the wind. During this dry season, the warm trade winds blow continually from east to west, and many Balinese children and adults enjoy flying kites in the rice fields. Cast your eyes skywards and you will see Balinese kites of all shapes and sizes, some are fashioned after birds, others after dragons, fish, monsters, frogs, butterflies and sailing ships, and some of them are huge. The traditional giant kites measure up to 10 metres in length and four metres in width. The larger the kite, the more wind it can hold and the higher it will fly.

The Bali Kite Festival is held every year in July when the winds are at their strongest. It takes place at Padanggalak, Sanur, and is actually a seasonal religious festival intended to send a message to the gods for abundant crops and harvests. A total of around 1500 giant kites are made and flown competitively by teams from different villages. This is just one of the many cultural festivals you can enjoy while staying in Bali. 

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