The San Juan Daily Star
Isabela mayor invites public to the town’s annual kite festival
By The Star Staff
The 13th edition of the traditional Kite Festival will be held on Sunday, April 2 at Middles Beach in Isabela starting at 11 a.m.
“This is a family event that brings great memories to many people from Isabela and nearby towns, because the fun of flying kites has no age or condition; the only requirement is to come and have fun,” Isabela Mayor Miguel “Ricky” Méndez Pérez said.
The event will feature various competitions, including handmade kites, where participants shine in their creativity and use of materials to send their ideas aloft in style. The kites are a source of fun for children worldwide, and in each country it has its name, be it kite, flask, snake, piscucha, milocha, barrilete, pandorga, volantín, chichigua, chiringa, kite of wind or parrot. The good thing, the mayor noted, is that everywhere it is practiced the same since it was invented in ancient China around 1,200 BC, but not for fun, but as a military signaling device. The movements and colors of the kites indicated a series of secret messages to various military detachments.
The festival, which is sponsored by La Casa de la Cultura Isabelina, among others, will feature special competitions such as the Chiringa Artist, Flying Skill (for children from 4 to 12 years old), as well as the Smallest Chiringa, Largest Chiringa, Most Original Chiringa and the Chiringa sin Rabo. Additional information is available by calling 787-224-0021 and 787-372-1848 during business hours.
On the day of the festival there will also be kiosks with traditional food and drinks, and inflatables for the enjoyment of children, as well as an artistic show.
“We are giving notice in advance, since April 2 is Palm Sunday, which is commemorated in many religious groups, and we are going to start at 11 a.m., so that there is time to attend both events,” the mayor said. “We are waiting for you all.”