Putrajaya International Hot Air Balloon Fiesta5 January, 2010
Besides being home to huge government administrative buildings and national monuments, Putrajaya is also host to many major international events – the most prominent one being the Putrajaya International Hot Air Balloon Fiesta. The 1st fiesta was held in mid March 09 over a weekend and it attracted a turnout of over 100,000 visitors.
This event’s main aim was to create a multi-racial / cultural event that promotes unity, with the theme: 1World, 1Malaysia, 1Fiesta.
* ONE WORLD: Balloonists from around the world participating in the fiesta with international tourists as spectators
* ONE MALAYSIA: Spectators from around Malaysia
* ONE FIESTA: Hot air balloons being the highlight of the event, there will also be many activities and entertainment that is conducive for all.
With many side activities and entertainment to keep spectators busy regardless of their age, this event also created opportunities for families to bond during this school holiday period.
International Hot Air Balloon pilots from Japan, Switzerland, USA, Belgium, New Zealand, France and the Netherlands participated in the inaugural event with their unique balloon designs ranging from the funny e.g. cute elephants, clowns to the quirky e.g. orange and even a coffee mug!
A total of 23 hot air balloons from around the world participated in this event and there were various side activities e.g. Para-motors / para-gliders show, Remote control aircraft flying display and even Helicopter rides
Carnival favourites / funfair booths that provided face Painting, sand arts were also a hit with the kids and perhaps the most exciting event of the day is the night fireworks display that concludes this interesting festival.
The next Putrajaya International Hot Air Balloon Fiesta will be held from 18 to 21 March 2010. Check out the Putrajaya Hot Air Balloon Fiesta official site for the itinerary of this 4-day event.
Do note that the balloon displays start early daily at around 7am and end at 9+am. You will have to be an early riser if you intend to travel from Kuala Lumpur for this festival. Perhaps the next balloon might be an appropriate reference to what you might need when you arrive at Putrajaya for the Hot Air Balloon Fiesta. 🙂
The event continues into the night – check out the following video on the Night Glow of Hot Air Balloons during the Fiesta.
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