Dozens of kites filled the sky during the 34th annual Bali Kite Festival 2012 at Padang Galak, Sanur. The three-day event welcomes kites in all shapes and colors, joined by a traditional gamelan orchestra provide music and entertainment.
Traditional giant kites (4 meters in width and almost 10 meters in length) are made and flown competitively by teams from the villages (banjar) of Denpasar. The 34th Bali Kite Festival 2012 is a seasonal religious event intended to send a message to the Hindu Gods to create abundant crops and harvests.
Bebean (fish-shaped), Janggan (bird-shaped) and Pecukan (leaf-shaped) are three traditional kites flown during this 34th Bali Kite Festival 2012. The kites are flown by teams of 10 or more adult kitefliers. The Bebean is the largest kite, and looks like a broad-mouthed, split-tailed fish. The Janggan form has a broad flowing cloth tail that can reach more than 100 meters in length. The Pecukan requires the most skill to fly, as its unstable form often tumbles towards the ground. Red, white and black are traditional colours used in the kite’s designs. Each type of traditional kite has its own competition, with heats of 10 teams vying for the best launch and longest flight. Sometimes the kites come down over the adjacent rice paddies, and the team members have to dash through the paddy to rescue the kite before it lands in the water.A competition is also held for ‘New Creation’ kites which may include detailed three dimensional figures representing the Hindu Gods or sponsorship kites. Traditional and new creation kites are constructed from bamboo and cotton cloth.Bali kite festival festival 2012 was held the 34th time in retreat. In the age of Bali Kite Competition is the 34th event has been able to keep tourism in Bali in July and has been entered in the calendar of events and Denpasar Bali Province.