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Opening the Kate festival on Po Sah Inu tower in Phan Thiet city - (13/10/2018)

On the morning of October 9th, at the relics of Po Sah Inu tower, Phan Thiet city, Binh Thuan province, numerous Cham people in the province joined the Kate festival 2018 according to their own culture. Attending to the festival, there were the leaders of national Travel Department – Vietnam national Administration of Tourism, local authorities. In addition, there was also Mr. Ngo Minh Chinh – Director of Binh Thuan Department of culture, sports and tourism.

(Director of Binh Thuan Department of culture, sports and tourism –
Mr. Ngo Minh Chinh gave flowers to the sponsors; photo: Nguyen Vu)

 
(Photo: Nguyen Vu)
 
Giving the speech to open the ceremony, Director of Binh Thuan Department of culture, sports and tourism – Mr. Ngo Minh Chinh affirmed that: “The Kate festival is one of the long-lasting tradition of Cham people. It’s been conserved and developed by the local authority. Over thirteen years celebrated, the Kate festival was not only the typical cultural and traditional festival, it was also the unique tourism product for developing tourism”.

(Cham’s art performance; photo: Nguyen Vu)

The rituals and the cultural activities of the Kate festival 2018 were started by the ritual of welcoming Po Sah Inu goddess. Under the control of the religious dignitaries, the ritual of welcoming costume was taken place according to the traditional rituals of Cham people. The boys and girls were dancing traditional dances rhythmically with the continuous sound of Para Nung drum and Saranai pan-pine. Continuing the rituals were ceremonies at the main tower, the ceremonies for bathing god’s statue, changing the statue’s costumes…
The cultural activities were also no less boisterous with many contests and folk games like:  traditional handicraft weaving, making ginger cake, culinary contest, traditional pottery making, rice crushing contest, obstacle race, tug of war…
 
 
(The ceremony for welcoming costume upward to the main tower; photo: Nguyen Vu)
 
The Kate festival of Cham balamon people in Binh Thuan province was restored from the year of 2005 at the national relic of Po sah Inu tower with all rituals and traditional folk values which bring the assertive spirit and religion of Cham people. The festival bring the meaning of commemorating ancestor, gods (Ppo Klaung Girai, Ppo Rome) and praying for the bumper crop, procreation of living beings and human beings.
 
Nguyen Vu
Translated by Van Thao


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