Color and magic fill Bali’s skies with the return of a beloved kite festival

Four styles of kite take flight at the festival: the ornate, long-tailed bird or dragon; the fish, perhaps the most popular; and the leaf, considered the toughest to fly because of its curved shape. A fourth type of kite is left open to interpretation, and participants can adapt Balinese culture and history for the skies. Judges score each team on the kite’s aesthetics, its ngonyah—how smoothly it moves with the wind, and how gently it lands.

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