Bali Kites Festifal:
The Bali Kites Festival is a kiting event that takes place annually, between July and August (sometimes through October).
It kicks off notably at the start of the windy season in Bali.
The main festival takes place along the eastern coast of Padanggalak, just north of Sanur.
This is usually held near the end of June and confirmed following favourable weather.
Hundreds of competing kite troupes gather from all over the island to pilot their traditional kites. Oftentimes, alongside international teams with modern kites in various shapes and sizes.
The kite festival in Bali started off as a seasonal agrarian festival.
It was held to thank the heavens for abundant crops and harvests.
The festivals then became a competitive ground for communal ‘banjar’ youth groups, who send their ‘sekaa layangan’ kite teams to participate and win prize money.
A competition is also usually held for ‘new creation’ kites.
These may include detailed three-dimensional figures and unusual designs, ranging from Hindu gods, cars and motorbikes, to mascots and brand sponsors.
A gamelan orchestra accompanies each troupe.
This adds to the joyous spirit of the Bali Kites Festival and the dramatic take-offs.