Kite-flying has come a long-way in Kelantan. The Malay Annals mention it as being in existence as early as 1500, during the early days of the Malacca Sultanate.
"Wau" or Kites come in all shapes and colours, their bamboo frames decorated with coloured and bits of shimmering paper. They are painstakingly designed and crafted in vibrant colors and patterns. Intricate floral cutouts are pasted on, building up the design until the kite is ready for the bright paper tassels that complete its decoration. Kite construction is an ancient art passed down from the nobles of the Melakan court. Sometimes a bow-shaped device is attached to the kite, giving it a high-pitched humming sound when flown.
The dry spell of each year, around May till July, when there is strong wind and plenty of sushine, signals the beginning of much activities.