A ritual of Muslim Cham people to pay tribute to their ancestors. (Photo: VNA)

Ninh Thuan (VNA) – Thousands of Cham Bani or Muslim Cham people in the south central province of Ninh Thuan are busy preparing for Ramuwan (Ramadan), their traditional New Year festival, from May 24-26.

During their biggest festival of the year, Cham Bani families gather to pay tribute to their ancestors and parents and pray for happiness, bumper crops and peace.

Local authorities have visited the council of Cham Bani chief monks and Muslim Cham families and individuals to present gifts and congratulate them on their New Year.

They asked Cham people to promote national unity, comply with Party policies and State laws and work hard to boost economic development.

Chairman of the provincial People’s Committee Luu Xuan Vinh urged local departments and authorities to provide the best conditions for Muslim Cham people to have a joyful festival.

Ninh Thuan is home to about 46,000 Cham Balamon (Hindu Cham) and 27,000 Cham Bani.-VNA