Kate Festival

Schedule of Kate Festival 2016 at Po Sah Inu tower - (20/09/2016)

(Muinetoursism.vn).- Binh Thuan Department of Culture, Sports and Tourism has issued the plan of organizing Kate Festival at Po Sah Inu tower 2016. Accordingly, the festival will take place from 29th to 30th September 2016 (the end of the sixth month and the 1st day of the seventh month of Cham calendar) at the relics of Po Sah Inu tower, Quarter 5, Phu Hai ward, Phan Thiet city.


(Kate Festival at Po Sah Inu tower; Photo: Nguyen Vu)

Kate Festival 2016 includes various attractive ritual and festive activities characterizing traditional culture of Cham people. Here is the schedule of the festival:
1. September  29th, 2016:
Ritual part:
- From 08:00 am: Cham dignitaries and people from Lam Thuan hamlet (Ham Phu commune), Lam Giang hamlet (Ham Tri commune) and Hamlet 3 (Ma Lam townlet) of Ham Thuan Bac district will gather at Po Sah Inu tower.
- From 02:00 pm – 05:00 pm: Rites of “Cau an” at the Main Tower’s campus
Festive part:
- From 02:00 pm - 04:00 pm: Competitions of arranging and decorating sacrifices to Po Sah Inu Goddess. Participants are Cham artisans from districts of Ham Thuan Bac, Tuy Phong, Bac Binh, Ham Thuan Nam, Ham Tan and Tanh Linh.
- From 07:00 pm - 09:30 pm: Art program perfomed by Cham folk art team from Bac Binh, Ham Thuan Bac and Tuy Phong districts.
2. September 30th, 2016:
Ritual part:
- From 07:00 am -08:00 am: Rites of welcoming Kate Festival and and traditional rituals of bringing costume of Po Sah Inu Goddess up to the Main Tower
- From 8:30 am – 10:30 am: Rites of opening the tower’s door, washing the altar of Linga – Yoni, wearing costume and the big ritual of Kate
- From 11:00 am – 12:00 am: Welcoming visitors
- From 13:00 am – 14:00 am: Kate Festival 2016 finished
Festive part:
- From 07:00 am – 02:00 pm: Performances introducing Cham traditional cuisine and handicraft products
- From 08:30 am – 10:30 am: Folk games and introduction of Cham traditional costumes and dances.
Along with experiencing Kate Festival, tourists can sightsee the ancient Cham towers to know more about the Cham architecture or inquire about the story of Lau Ong Hoang (the Prince’s Castle) which is attached to the romance of famous Vietnamese poet Han Mac Tu and and his lover - Mong Cam. Besides, tourists can buy Cham handicrafts as souvenirs, enjoy Cham art performances and the exhibition of photos about Phan Thiet city.
Hong Anh
Source: Nguyen Vu

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