Cham Brahman people celebrate Kate festival hinh anh 1The Cham ethnic dignitaries beat the gongs at the opening of the Kate Festival.(Photo: VNA)
Ninh Thuan (VNA) – The Cham Brahman people’s traditional Kate festival is underway in the south-central province of Ninh Thuan, attracting thousands of local residents and tourists.

Visitors to the event, which takes place from October 23-25 this year, can witness rituals such as the genie's costume procession, the opening of tower gates, and genie statue bathing. They also have a chance to enjoy performances of local Gi Nang drum and Saranai horn.

Falling on the first day of the seventh month of the Cham calendar, Kate is the biggest festival in the year of the Cham Brahman people. It reminds the ethnic Brahman community of their ancient gods and delivers wishes for bumper harvests and the growth of all beings.  

Cham Brahman people celebrate Kate festival hinh anh 2A performance at the festival. (Photo: VNA)
There are more than 53,700 Cham Brahman people in Ninh Thuan who live mainly in the districts of Ninh Phuoc, Thuan Nam, Thuan Bac and Ninh Hai, and Phan Rang-Thap Cham city.

The Kate Festival was recognised as an intangible cultural heritage by the Ministry of Culture, Sports and Tourism in 2017./.