The Kuta Karnival was formally opened on Friday, September 24, with the release of doves, turtles and turtle hatchlings on Kuta's beachfront.
The Chairman of the Organizing Committee for the Kuta Karnival, I Made Suparta Karang, told those attending the ceremony that the release of the doves symbolized world peace and was in keeping with the Kuta Karnival's theme of Tri Hita Karana - the Balinese commitment to maintain balance between man and nature, man and man, and man and God. Through the return of the birds and turtles to their natural state of freedom the organizers hoped to increase the community's commitment to environmental preservation.
The Kuta Karnival runs through October 3, 2004, and offers a wide range of almost non-stop musical, cultural, sports and entertainment options to Bali residents and guests.
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