A Kite is pretty cool, but a massive group of kites congregating around a particular area can be awesome!

Kites have been around for thousands of years starting off as technology used for military warfare and various reconnaissance missions in the BC era, through to modern day uses in scientific calculations and cultural celebrations.

Below are some kite festivals from around the world. Will one of these be on your ‘to-do’ list for your next trip?

Sanur Kite Festival – Indonesia

Running since 1978, this annual event brings together teams from around Bali to compete in this seasonal religious festival to ask the Hindu Gods to bless the land and to create fertile crops for harvest. The average size of these competing kites measure at least four meters long or more.

Cervia International Kite Festival (Festival Internazionale Aquilone) – Italy

Occurring every year since 1985 on the eastern coastline, north of San Marino, this 11-day event features kites from all around Europe, Asia, North America and Australia.

 

 



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Festival of Winds – Australia

“The skies come alive” in this epic event on one of Australia’s most iconic beaches, Bondi Beach in Sydney. This event brings together cultures from around the world with kites of all shapes and sizes, music, food stalls and other various exhibitions and entertainment dotted along the beach.

Hamamatsu Kite Festival – Japan

One of the oldest festivals around the world, the Hamamatsu kite festival has been going since the 16th century to celebrate the birth of the son to the Lord of Hamamatsu Castle. Over 100 kites are flown during the festival held at Nakatajima, south-west of Kyoto.

 

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