The largest and oldest kite
festival in the world takes place in Ahmadabad, India, on the 14th of January every year.
This festival is open to all with upwards of 100,000 kites or more in the sky. The
festival spreads across the city of Ahmadabad as thousands of local kite fliers take to
the rooftops to do battle with one another for a portion of the sky.
North American kite festivals are events worth
attending simply to have a great day with family and friends. The kids will be more than
entertained with the sights, sounds and activities and the parents will get a real eye
opener as to just how large some of these kites can get.
Kite festivals usually have some
of the most exotic kites as well as some of the most practiced pilots and most are open to
having a friendly conversation as well as answering any questions you may have regarding
If you've never been to a kite festival or even heard of such a
thing, you'll want to look into finding one in your area, there are some links
below that will assist with your search.
Bring a picnic
lunch and some chairs to enjoy the sights and don't forget your own kite toflywhile you're there.
Some of the events found at many kite festivals are:
Team flying: An impressive part of any kite
festival. As many as eight pilots fly within inches of each other while performing their
choreographed routine to the amazement of onlookers. The
music only adds to the excitement of watching these teams fly.
Rokkaku battles: Events in which individuals or
teams compete to cut the strings of opposing kites or knock them to the ground. The
last kite still in flight at the end of the contest is the victor.
Kite building workshops: Great for the kids
providing some fun where they can build a simple kite and give it a try while they're at
Stunt kite competitions:
Extremely popular at kite festivals as competitors are judged on their
performance of compulsory figures as well as a ballet, which involves
the pilot flying his or her interpretation of the music being played.
Enormous "Festival-Kites": These are found
only at kite festivals. They are surprisingly large, colorful and a sight to behold.
of wind power: This is where buggies and pilots are towed around the field by
specially designed traction kites.
bears with parachutes or candy dropped from kites will definitely entertain the kids...and
the kids at heart.
You'll find lots of colorful
ground displays and exhibitions at most of these kite festivals so don't miss it if one
comes to your area.