My first visit to Semaphore Beach was to see the Kite Festival. Long before that, I have heard of the name from friends who love to go to beach. But I hadn’t had the chance to visit as it was not very close to the city.
The only beach that I visit often is Henley Beach with my friends. Oddly enough, no one mentioned going to Semaphore Beach before.
So over the Easter holiday, I heard from my housemate that Semaphore Beach holds Kite Festival every year. And I was really keen to go. I wanted to leave the house, along with my camera and go somewhere pretty and relaxing.
Part of the display were these awful large “kites”. Anyway, it’s really different from the Kite Festival we had in Malaysia, were everyone would gather around and compete their kite making and kite flying skills.
My mum told me, when she was young, she used to fly kites with her friends and siblings, they would often break glasses into small pieces and had them glued to the kite string. As such, they could easily cut of the kite of their competitors — other kids from the neighbourhood.
Wearing thick gloves were essential, as it protects the hand from getting glass cut. Nevertheless, as the competition turned vigorous, it was often inevitable from getting hurt.
Semaphore Kite Festival was relaxing and enjoyable. We even found an obscene mermaid. We wondered if it was appropriate to be so large and floating in the middle of the air…… It was a family event! And the next day, I saw it on the tele which broadcast throughout the whole Australia. Hmmmm
Semaphore Beach, SA
21 April 2014