Friday, July 26, 2013

DTN News - BALI KITE FESTIVAL: Balinese Enjoying The Bali Kite Festival In Sanur, Bali, Indonesia

DTN News - BALI KITE FESTIVAL: Balinese Enjoying The Bali Kite Festival In Sanur, Bali, Indonesia
Source: DTN News - - This article compiled by K. V. Seth
(NSI News Source Info) TORONTO, Canada - July 26, 2013:  Balinese prepare to fly their traditional kites during the Bali Kite Festival in Sanur, Bali, Indonesia.

The 35th Annual Bali Kite Festival, also known as the Sanur Kite Festival. The Balinese are mad about kites and in the “Island of the Gods” the bigger the better is the norm. Kite flying and kite making is serious business. Forget childhood memories of a tiny kite with trailing ribbons; in Bali kites are huge handmade flying machines that take a team to get them off the ground.

The event, on Padang Galak beach in Sanur, will be the 34th year of this is a global happening, attracting over 1,200 kites in competition and up to 10,000 spectators. The whole process of designing, constructing and flying a kite in competition is a real team effort by whole villages. The whole community shows up complete with its own traditional gamelan orchestra to literally drum up support manically while sweet young things offer much needed cheerleading duties.

As with every facet of Balinese life, kite flying is steeped in religious symbolism. It was originally used as a way to pass on messages to the Gods, and traditional kites, which take the form of fish (Bebean) and birds (Janggan) depict Hindu deities.

This is a great fun-filled Festival with a carnival atmosphere, the constant din of competing gamelan orchestras, guitar strumming beach boys, free flowing beer, cheap food and everyone dressed to impress in local costume.

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