Monday, August 22, 2011

Jerusalem Kite Festival

When summer began a few months back, I warned you about the number of festivals that would take over Israel during the warmer months. Tomorrow, without exception, we have yet another festival to celebrate. Tomorrow, August 23, 2011 will welcome the 26th annual Israeli Kite Flying Festival which takes place at the Israel Museum in Jerusalem:

 

   

There is no extra fee for entrance to the Kite Festival, just the regular entrance fee to the Israel Museum will do the trick:
 

Be prepared to see a plethora of colors and shapes painting the blue, cloudless sky over Jerusalem as children and adults alike fly their creations over the city:


The event will take place from 10:30 am to 7 pm and the day's festivities include the option of a kite workshop as well as an afternoon kite parade with music in the afternoon from 4 pm to 7 pm:


Watch as kites fly over the famous Shrine of the Book which holds the treasured Dead Sea Scrolls inside its walls:

 

    

    

As night approaches, take in the combination of beautiful sunsets, cloudless skies and a rainbow of colored kites dancing in the air. What a beautiful site to behold:


Jerusalem is surely not the only city around the world that hosts an annual Kite Festival. In fact, several countries throughout the world throw the annual event, including more famous festivals taking place in Japan, Indonesia, China, Malaysia, India and even in the United States. You never know what you're going to see:







 

No matter what sorts of kites show up that day, you can rest assured that it will be a feast for the senses (especially the eyes). There is something so calming about sitting outside on a nice day, enjoying the breeze as you watch the kites glide freely in the sky above. Quite a sight to see!

    

    

      
 
    

If you're in town, hopefully you'll make it to the Israeli Kite Festival. And if not, perhaps you'll be able to at least see the kites soaring overhead near the government buildings in Jerusalem.

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