- Title: THAILAND: INTERNATIONAL KITE FESTIVAL
- Date: 23rd March 1997
- Summary: BANGKOK, THAILAND (MARCH 23, 1997) (RTV - ACCESS ALL) 1. WIDE OF KITES FLYING OVER ROYAL GROUNDS 2. JAPANESE WOMAN FLYING RAINBOW KITE 3. BRITISH COMPETITOR 4. AUSTRALIAN KITE FLYERS 5. DUTCH WINDMILLS KITE 6. AMERICAN PHARAOH KITE 7. AMERICAN TEAM PERFORMING STUNT KITES 8. FLAGS OF TEAMS PARTICIPATING IN FESTIVAL 9. NEW ZEALAND MONSTER KITE 10. PREPARING GIANT KITE 11. SPECTATORS 12. GIANT KITE Initials Script is copyright Reuters Limited. All rights reserved.
- Embargoed: 7th April 1997 13:00
- Location: BANGKOK, THAILAND
- Country: Thailand
- Reuters ID: LVAC7SP5SGLXOU2G10AIKJYRAUGB
- Story Text: - INTRO: Contestants from 26 countries flew their colourful kites in the skies around the Thai Royal Palace on Sunday (March 23) as they competed in Bangkok's international kite festival.
More than 120 entrants from all over the world were competing in the two-day festival. Some fliers took part in aerobatic contests, while others displayed kites that featured radical designs.
Some of the kites were giant superman, seahorse or lizard designs while others were fashioned like Hindu gods.
In Thailand, people have flown kites as far back as the Sukhthai era, between 1238 and 1438. But during the Ayutthaya period, spanning from 1350 to 1767, a law banned kite-flying over the palace and anyone found flouting the law was severely punished and had their hands chopped off.
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