SKY GLIDERS EXTRAVAGANT

sky-gliderBalinese people knows how to celebrate, and Bali Kite Festival is a joyful fest where all kinds of people gather to witness the spectacular aerial view.

sky-glider-3During dry season at Padang Galak area, Sanur, over 1,200 kites each representing the Banjar community, gather and ready to compete. In Bali, kite is a serious business. Forget about the small polygonal kite with thin tails trailing on its back as we see it back in our childhood. In Bali, size does matter. The tradition of kite making and competition can be stretched back to the vintage era , and used as a sacred ritual to Hindu deities, wishing for an abundance harvest of crops.

sky-glider-2There are three main form of Balinese traditional kites, namely Bebean (fish-shaped), Janggan (bird-shaped) and Pecukan (leaf-shaped), all come in enormous size from 8 to 10 meters and take at least the strength of 20 male to make it airborne succesfully. It is fun, energetic, and captivating as it is usually followed by wild chanting and gamelan orchestra from each competing Banjar, heartfully supporting their side.

 

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