Kites, colors, and music will be seen and heard on March 7th at Fountain Park in Fountain Hills.
Phoenix-based Pakistan Information and Cultural Organization will host the annual Kite Flying Festival from 11:00 am to 6:00 pm. The event is sponsored by the Town of Fountain Hills. Admission is free to this very colorful festival which will also feature Pakistani, Indian, Middle Eastern and other types of cuisine. Participants will enjoy live music and shopping in an Asian-themed bazaar featuring jewelry, clothing and henna tattoos.
The headline attraction is 300 handmade kites imported from Pakistan. For $5 – $7, festival attendees can buy these kites made of very lightweight paper and seek out an expert wearing orange jackets to help them fly it. Kites are tied with a specially made thread called doore. The kites can soar up to 300 feet depending on the wind. Fountain Park provides the right wind conditions for an amazing kite flying experience. In addition, regular plastic will also be available for sale. Many attendees come to the festival every year and bring their own large custom made kites.
As seen in the movie Kite Runner, the kite festival will do a live demonstration of kite fighting. Competitors will maneuver their kites to try to cut the strings of the other kites. Kite fights will take place at 12:00, 2:00 and 4:00 pm.
The Kite Festival/Basant Mela is an annual celebration of the arrival of spring in Asian countries such as Pakistan, India, Afghanistan, and China. The City of Lahore in Pakistan has a grand Basant Mela celebration. During the festival, people get on rooftops and fly kites all night and all day.
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