On this beautiful sunny day of June 20, 2015, San Ramon has hosted yet another annual kite festival. Yet, this one is special, for the city has invited their sister city Wei Fang's professional kite makers to showcase some of their exotic kites designed especially for this occasion. These kites reflects elegant craftmanship, unique designs such as traditional swallows, colorful butterflies, fable character the Gold Fish, cute parrots, and adorable pandas, all so attractive to the visitors. Among them, there's also the design of Eagles illustrated using the Traditional Chinese Painting technique, allow its expression to be realistic and moving. As many have already known, the craft of kite making has always been the gem in the Chinese tradition. Understanding the whole process will allow you an inside peek at the evolution of Chinese history, from binding to drawing, to matting to flying, each step involves the wisdom distilled by the Chinese over the generations. It's no longer a toy of children, but rather a sport as well as a form of art.
This year's San Ramon Kite Festival was also co-sponsored by APAPA TriValley Chapter, as a mean for visitors to see, appreciate, and better understand the Chinese culture behind the making and flying of the kite. It was also supported by many local volunteers. APAPA-TVC President Andy Li has spent a great amount of time since last December to communicate and facilitate such exchange of cultural activities. In fact, he has led the team this April to attend the 32nd International Kite Festival hosted by Wei Fang. After months of preparation, Wei Fang's beautiful kites finally got a chance to fly over the sky in San Ramon.
Of course, such event requires a lot of time and effort. There was a volunteer, Nancy Chen, who organized the volunteers to attend this event. She worked many sleepless nights to review and arrange many details of the event. Their self-less devotion has touched the hearts of many other volunteers. Inspired, many have given up their spare time over the weekend, in order to get involved in the many aspects of this event's planning. When listening to their lively description of Wei Fang's kite making and its history, many visitors have exclaimed that "these are not kite, but rather, a form of art!". Indeed, this is so much more than kite, it's the culture, the tradition, and the heritage of many generations.
Even though the kite festival lasted only a few days, yet it got the chance to showcase the beauty of Chinese Traditional Art, , broaden many's horizon, deliver the will of friendship. Such happy seedlings have been spreaded across the region, until we meet again next year!