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Jakarta Post

Flying kites with environmental, cultural messages

  • The Jakarta Post

  /   Fri, August 13 2010   /  11:00 am

The flying of kites has strong cultural and religious significance in Balinese life.

Between July and August, as strong winds blow following the rice harvest and fields are left idle before the next planting period, the Balinese fly their kites.

The kite appears in Balinese mythology with the god Shiva, one of the main manifestations of the Supreme God, believed to be fond of kite flying.

His manifestation as Rare Angon is regarded as the God of Kites.Marking the 14th Bali Hyatt Annual Kite Competition this year, all departments at the resort hotel participated in a modern and traditional kite creation competition Wednesday.

The eight teams showcased their kite-flying abilities under a warm Balinese sun on Sanur Beach.

The competition, which drew a crowd of guests, was kicked off by a parade from Telaga Naga Restaurant to the beachfront, with each team ...