Tourists and locals flock to the busy beaches of Bali to cool themselves from the summer heat in the sea breeze. Around this time of year is an especially good time to visit Bali, not just for the tropical seas, but also to experience the excitement and chaos of the Bali Arts Festival and Bali International Kite Festival.
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The Bali Arts Festival is a full month jam packed with cultural activities of everything from daily performances to handcraft exhibitions. During this month locals and tourists enjoy spectacular sights, dance, and music. The Balinese take great pride in their culture, warmly welcoming tourists to experience the joys Bali has to offer. In 1965, tourist attraction in Bali was growing at a rapid rate and the Balinese decided they wanted tourism to be strictly cultural, of "pariwisata budaya." From this desire came the saying "Tourism should be for Bali, instead of Bali for tourism."
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The Bali International Kite Festival draws competitors and tourists from around the world to the winds of Sanur Beach. This event is a religious festival intended to send a message to Hindu Gods, asking for abundant harvests. Three traditional kites are used during this festival; the Bebean, or fish, kite, the Janggan, or bird, kite, and the Pecukan, or leaf, kite. The giant kites are generally 4 meters in width and almost 10 meters in length.They are made and flown by the people in the village of Denpasar. The traditional colors of this festival are red, white, and black. Consisting of 10 teams, each team competes for the best launch and longest flight time.