|Devoted, united: Chăm Muslims in Bình Thuận Province perform the ancestral graves ceremony during the Ramưwan Festival on May 24. — VNA/VNS Photo Nguyễn Thanh|Viet Nam News
BÌNH THUẬN — Chăm Muslims in the central province of Bình Thuận began to celebrate Ramưwan, their biggest festival, on Wednesday, May 24.
The festival is an opportunity for Muslims to get together with their families, express reverence and gratitude to their ancestors and grandparents, and pray for happiness, bumper crops and peace.
It begins with an ancestral graves ceremony when people go to two cemeteries, Đồng Trắng (White Sand Hill) and Đồng Đỏ (Red Sand Hill), in Bắc Bình District to clean and decorate their ancestor’graves and worship.
During the three-day festival other ceremonies are also performed including the Và ha ceremony and a worshipping ceremony held at home.
The festival features many cultural activities, sports and art performances, which usually attract tourists, photographers and researchers.
The chairman of the province People’s Committee called on authorities to ensure people can happily celebrate the festival.
The province is home to around 41,000 Chăm people, more than 15,000 of them Muslims. — VNS