International Kite Festivals

There are many International Kite Festivals to choose from!

International Kite Festivals are held in various parts of the world in the aim to unite kite makers and flyers in a bid to keep the art of kite flying alive. These international kite festivals are so popular amongst enthusiasts that in some cases, they have become the identity of the city where they are held. A relatively less popular sport, kiting requires all the promotion it can get to sustain itself and there is nothing better than international kite festivals.

There are many international kite festivals that are quite famous and occur all round the year. Depending on where you are from, these kite festivals showcase some awesome creations in kites as well as allow the host cities to show off their culture and traditions through activities and events that go beyond kiting.

In the home continent of kites, i.e. Asia, there are many world renowned international kite festivals such as the Weifang kite festival in China. Home to the largest kite museum in the world, the Weifang kite festival of China is one of the most traditional and well-attended international kite festivals in the world.

The Pasir Gudang international kite festival is also a major Asian international kite festival held in Malaysia is also one of the prime international kite festivals as is Uttarayan and the kite festival of Gujarat in India.

Moving from Asia, there are a number of international kite festivals held in Europe as well as the Americas. The Niagara kite festival is one of the foremost kite festivals in the USA where a number of international participants can be seen regularly. The contest is unique in that it is organized in two countries, Canada and the USA, across the beautiful Niagara Falls.

Another major international kite festival is the Smithsonian kite festival held along with the Cherry Blossom festival in Washington D.C. The festival focuses on charitable causes and environmental issues with their kite festival as a part of the other festivities.

Moving further south, you will find that the Day of the Dead is one of the most popular kite flying festivals in parts of South America. Countries like Guatemala, Peru, Chile, etc. all have traditional kite flying competitions that take place from homes and local graveyards as a symbol of their religious beliefs.

In Africa, kite flying is a lesser followed hobby as such and that means that most of the international kite festivals are restricted to the country of South Africa. Here, the Cape Town international kite festival is one of the biggest events on the international calendar and is known for its kite flying and kite-sport events such as kitesurfing and kite buggying.

Australia is another major stopover on the international kite festival calendar with people gathering at Coolum Beach in Brisbane for a wonderful and popular international kite festival. As with most kite festivals held near beaches, the Coolum kite festival is also host to other kite-sports such as kiteboarding, during the kite festival.

Whether you are just looking to plan a trip around an international kite festival or are looking forward to hone your skills and participate in one, there are international kite festivals held all round the year in many parts of the world. At any given time, if you were to look up the calendar in search of a major international kite festival, then chances are that you wouldn't be disappointed.

These international kite festivals are not just a chance to see people from different countries showcase their kite making and flying skills, it is also a time to meet people from different cultures, learn their traditions and eventually create a continual love for the sport of kiting through such international kite festivals.

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