Festival to promote Cham culture
The Kate Festival celebration of the ethnic Cham people will take place at Po Sah Inu Tower in Binh Thuan Province's Phan Thiet City on October 15-16 with a series of traditional rituals and festivities.
The festival, which aims to preserve traditional culture of the Cham and to promote Binh Thuan's tourism sector, will include a procession of palanquins and costumes of the Po Sah Inu Goddess, a ceremony to open the tower gate, the washing of the altar for linga, and a yoni ceremony.
It will also feature traditional music performances, goods fair, brocade-weaving contests, pottery, cake-baking and folk games. A contest on making and arranging offerings for the Goddess of the Cham people and a fashion show of the Cham' s traditional dress will also be featured.
Tourists will be instructed on how to play musical instruments like the Ginang and Baranung drums and the Saranai horn, and will enjoy folk-music performances by Cham artists from Ma Lam Town and the districts of Ham Phu and Ham Tri. — VNS