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Kate Festival, a Cham heritage

Photos & Text Adrien Jean

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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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