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Colorful and eventful Po Tam festival - (01/08/2017)

The Ethnic group of Cham people is observing a two-day festival (from July 30-31st, 2017) at a group of Cham Po Dam tower (also known as Po Tam), positioned under the foot of Ong Xiem mountain, Phu Lac commune.
This annual festival was kicked off on the morning of Sunday and began with sound of saranai, Ginang drumbeat. The delegation led by priest Paseh and dignitaries picked up the royal decrees and Po Dam King’s costumes and moved forwards toward the tower. 9 young men and girls dressed with traditional costume followed the parade delegation and performed unique dances of the Cham community.

Within the framework of the festival, there are many rituals such as: opening ceremony praying for favorable weather and national security, incense-offering and other traditional rituals (opening tower’s doors, washing the tower, art shows and folk games). The festival lasts until July 31st with gods-sacrificing, thank-giving and door-closing ceremonies.

The Po Dam Cham Tower complex dated half-end of the 8th century and early 9th century, belonging to Hoa Lai architectural style. The complex has 6 towers, but three of them were ruined and are being restored. The Po Dam tower was ranked as national artistic architectural heritage in 1996.

The Po Tam festival has attracted thousands of onlookers and participants, showing its solemnity  and excitement for the locality. The festival is kept and promoted as an intangible value in association with the heritage, a cultural community-based event. It opens opportunities for the villagers to congratulate and pay each other’s regards, showing the cultural features of the Cham community.

My Thien (BTO)



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