Layang means ‘kite’ in Malay. While kite flying is still popular nowadays, in the past it was done more competitively. Fighting kites had lines which were coated with glue and powdered glass. When the kites clashed, the one whose line got cut loses.
Because of Singapore’s multicultural makeup, we get to see many different kinds of kites. For example traditional Chinese kites made of paper and in the shape of animals; Malay kites called wau bulan; and of course, modern nylon kites that come in all shapes and sizes imaginable.