Apr
02
2012

Celebrate Good Friday with Bermuda Kite Festival

Fly a kite and dance with the locals

This Easter, celebrate a time-honoured tradition on Bermuda’s pretty-in-pink Horseshoe Bay beach with the whole family. The Bermuda Kite Festival is a weekend-long beach party filled with live music, dancing, tasty treats and a rainbow of colourful kites floating high above the island’s Easter egg-coloured pastel homes.

Kite Day celebrations on April 6 take place across the island with the main event at Horseshoe Bay beach in Southampton. The kites are traditionally flown on Good Friday to symbolize Christ’s ascent, but you can spot these geometric wonders darting across the skies throughout the year, too. Bermudians are passionate kite-flyers, holding many world records for altitude and length of flight.

With a little help from friendly locals, create your very own Bermuda “Hummer” kite from tissue paper and wooden sticks. And get a taste of freshly baked hot cross buns and Bermuda codfish cakes.

Cheer for your favourite kite from a kaleidoscope of handmade creations during the kite judging competition. Some kites are more than two metres wide and need several people to help them take flight. Typically, a “fish kite,” complete with intricate scales, will appear along with another designed in the colours of Bermuda’s flag. There are even kites so small, they fit in the palm of your hand.

The grand finale is sure to get you moving. Dance to the pulsing cadence of drums and piercing whistles and watch the procession of Bermuda Gombey dancers and drummers snake along the sandy beach. The masked performers, in their peacock-feathered headdresses and colourful costumes, perform the intricate traditional dances that have been passed down through the generations.

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