Playing kites or “Melayangan” is a tradition going through generations that is assiduously practiced by Balinese people. It is originated from the habits of farmer’s children who spend their time playing in the rice fields. To get rid of boredom while guarding the fields and livestock, they have fun playing kites. In Bali, there is a mythological story of “Rare Angon” or the god of kites. “Rare Angon” is believed by Hindus to be the incarnation of Lord Shiva who has the image of a child while herding buffaloes in the fields, so the kites traditions also called as Rare Angon Traditions.
Traditional Balinese kites are known for their three forms. First, the Be-bean kite. This kite is shaped like a fish, the word Be in be-bean means fish in Balinese.
Second, is the Pecuk Kite. The shape of this kite is simple. Has four corners that are bent and look like leaves. It is called “Pecuk” because in Balinese, pecuk means to bend.
The last is the Janggan kite. This kite is a sacred kite. The shape is very unique, like a dragon which is believed by Balinese people to be like a guardian of the balance and stability of the earth.
Between July – September, anywhere you see the Bali’s sky will beautifully decorated and various shapes of kites. In front of Dajuma everyday you will see children playing with their kites.
Will you play with them next time you visit us?