Hot air balloons above Java, Indonesia. April 2023

Video. Balloons take to the skies in a colourful festival in Java

With Mount Sumbing in the background, the sky of Wonosobo in Indonesia’s Java island fills with colourful hot air balloons. 

With Mount Sumbing in the background, the sky of Wonosobo in Indonesia’s Java island fills with colourful hot air balloons. 

Dozens of homemade balloons fly during the days-long Ansor Kertek Balloon Culture Festival, which is back in full swing this year after a Covid hiatus in 2020 and 2021.

The festival, which is a tradition to celebrate Eid Al-Fitr, has previously been criticised by the aviation community as the balloons often blew away and were considered dangerous to commercial flights.

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