Bali Kite Festival
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The Bali Kite Festival is an annual international kite festival held in July in Padang Galak area, Sanur Beach, Bali. Traditional giant kites (4 metres in width and almost 10 metres in length) are made and flown competitively by teams from the villages (banjar) around. The event is a seasonal religious festival intended to send a message to the Hindu Gods to create abundant crops and harvests.
The teams consist of about 70 to 80 people, each team with its own Gamelan band, flag bearers and flyers. A competition is also held for 'New Creation' (kreasi baru) 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.