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Kate Festival, a Cham heritage

The Kate Festival is the oldest and most unique festival of the Cham ethnic minority group. It was recognized as a national intangible cultural heritage by the Ministry of Culture, Sports and Tourism in 2017.

Falling on the first day of the seventh month of the Cham calendar, the Kate Festival is the opportunity for Cham people to commemorate their heroes, pay their respect to their gods and ancestors and pray for favorable weather and crops for the coming year. For visitors, it is a unique chance to explore Cham culture, from architecture to costumes, instruments and traditional songs and dances.

Po Klong Garai, one of the three Cham towers where the main ceremony is held, seen from above At the beginning of the festival, the dignitaries and the Brahmin Cham people hold a ritual to receive the clothes of the Po Inu Nugar Goddess and perform religious rites The Cham dignitaries lead the procession dressed as the “king god” Po Klong Garai Cham women perform traditional dances The Brahmin Cham people present offerings to the gods during the Kate Festival Praying for health and prosperity People attend shows during the festival Immortalizing the moment Cultural activities and dances take place at villages of Cham people in Ninh Thuan Province during the Kate Festival Colorful Cham traditional dances are brightening up the day of a large crowd Colorful Cham traditional dances are brightening up the day of a large crowd Drum performance Behind the scenes

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