Easter Kite Fest attracts hundreds

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─ children’s kite making competition a hit

DPI, Guyana, Sunday, April 7, 2019

Easter is a holiday which holds huge significance on the Christian calendar. It is a time of solemn sacrifice and grand celebration.

In Guyana, it is also characterised by kite flying along the coast and family outings, among other celebratory events.

In keeping with the vibrant spirit of Easter, hundreds of children today participated in a kite making competition hosted by the family of Minister within the Ministry of Natural Resources, Simona Broomes in Lodge Housing Scheme, Georgetown.

The event was lauded by several children who were most excited to have the first-hand experience of kite making, a true Guyanese tradition.

Making the kite frames was Marvin Cole, a Buxtonian, made famous for his expert kite making skills and his determination to ensure that the practice of traditional kite-making remains alive.

The children, aged 3 to 16, proudly cut, crafted and attached ‘kite paper’, ‘tongues, ‘baller’, ‘frills’, and other decorative additions to their masterpieces.

Calvin Lewis, 16, said that the activity was an excellent initiative.

“What minster has been putting on here is very good because it [exposes] the youths to different things. We are learning how to make kites and how to do our own thing. I believe Easter is when everyone [comes] together,” Lewis explained.

Minister within the Ministry of Natural Resources, Simona Broomes explained to the Department of Public Information (DPI) that her family wanted to impact lives in this auspicious season. She added that the most important result of the activity was the pleasure the children found in being able to create their pieces.

“We ran out of the first 150 frames, the more frames we make, the more frames are going! I don’t think it’s the number, it the joy and the smile to the face of the children who made their own kite,” Minister Broomes said.

Rushanna Gillis, a participant, said “they’re helping these young children just come out and express themselves in a way that they couldn’t. Some of these kites are looking better than the kites I’ve flown last year, and it’s a really good and fun experience especially for the persons that don’t have that much money to buy a kite, they can at least show their creativity and make a kite of their own that they can be proud of and fly for this year’s Easter 2019.”

The kite making competition provides a creative space for children to express their craft and innovation to create their own kites to fly this Easter.

Nateshia Isaacs.

Images: Kawise Wishart.

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