July - August, Annual Bali Kites Festival at Padang Galak - Sanur
(Balitrips.net) / 30 Jun 2009
Visitors to Bali during the months of June-August each year could be
forgiven for thinking Bali is an island suspended on strings descending
from the heavens above. A look skyward during these months in any
direction will usually reveal hundreds of kites, some the size of a
large trucks, supporting colorful tails flapping in the wind. And,
while legions of small boys can be found everywhere playing with their
kites, kite flying in Bali is hardly child's play. Almost every banjar
in Bali has its dedicated team of young men who build and enter kites
competitions to win prizes and bring honor to their village.
Some Words of Caution
High-flying kites in Bali are not without a downside:
- Those with eyes turned skyward admiring the island's annual
high-flying spectacle should be cautioned to keep their eyes on the
road in order to avoid becoming yet another statistic to the many who
are injured or disfigured each year by hard-to-see kite strings
stretched across local roads.
Local pilots operating around Bali know to keep their eyes peeled for
high flying kites suspended near Bali's airport, despite rules
outlawing such kite-flying activity. The threat to aviation increases
somewhat during night time flights when many large kites are left
unsupervised flying overnight, tied to the earth by wires held by heavy
spikes driven into the earth.
- Candles and flashlights should
be stocked during Bali's kite-flying season in anticipation of power
outages caused by kite wires that short-circuit high power lines in
- It's also a good idea to be on the look out for kites,
both small and very large, that have momentarily "slipped the surly
bonds of earth" and are suddenly crashing back uncontrolled to earth.
In such scenarios, horrendous collisions with vehicles or cardiac
arrest among drivers who find themselves face to face with a road-sized
kite are common results.
Despite these cautionary notes, visitors to Bali during the month of
Bali should monitor local media and attend the annual kite festival
held on at Padang Galak field on Sanur Beach.
[Source : baliupdate.com]