Kate fetival 2016- one of the mo
2016- one of the most expected events of the Cham community in Binh Thuan
BT –The 2016 Kate Festival is
projected to take place at the Posha Inu Cham tower- Phan Thiet city from
September 29 to 30 (at the end of the sixth month and the beginning of the
seventh month- Cham calendar).
The festival is organized yearly
to promote traditional cultural characteristics of the Cham community in Binh
Thuan province, thereby effectively boost tourism development. For that reason,
ceremonial and festive events in this festival must be linked with each other to
ensure the maintenance of traditional rituals, create a joyful atmosphere
representing the solidarity of the ethnic groups living in Binh Thuan.
In the early morning of the first
day (September 29), the Cham dignitaries from the communes of Ham Phu, Ham Tri
and Ma Lam townlet (Ham Thuan Bac district) will gather at the Posha Inu tower.
The ceremonial event to pray for peace (called Le Cau An) will be performed at
the main tower in the afternoon of the same day with the participation of clans
of Cham ethnic group. Along with that, there will be a series of interesting
activities, such as: contests on offerings arrangement, Cham folk art
performance in favour of tourists and the locals.In the following day (September
30), Cham dignitaries will also carry out some rituals as: palanquin
processions, rites to take the costume of Po Sha Inu Goddess from the yard to
the main tower, along with other traditional rituals, as follows: opening the
main tower’s door, bathing the Linga-Yoni Altar, wearing costumes, worshipping
in celebration of Kate festival in front of the main tower …
Local people and visitors coming
to the Posha Inu Cham tower on that day will have a chance to join festive
atmosphere when taking part in folk games, performances of Cham instruments and
traditional craft. Especially, this year’s festival will have the performance of
Cham art troupes and artisans from Tuy Phong and Bac Binh districts.
Phuong Lan (Source: Binh Thuan