Cate Festival (Ca'Te Festival)
|Country and Region||Vietnam — Ninh Thuan|
|Type of Festival||Dance, Music|
|Location of Festival||An Phuoc District, Ninh Thuan Province; Phan Rang, Vietnam|
|Festival Contact Information|
Vietnam National Administration of Tourism (VNAT)
The Cate (also spelled Ca’Te) Festival is held annually by the Cham ethnic group to honor the Cham king—a deity in the Balamon religion considered to be the universe’s creator. Balamon followers gather at temples to enjoy their biggest festival, with various cultural, music and sports activities being held in the province. The festival’s central activity is a pilgrimage that incorporates family visits. At night, there are ritual performances of Cham dances, backed by Kapo music rhythms. In the temples, the worshipping sorcerer commences the ritual of the door opening (Poh Bang), and the vice worshipping sorcerer executes a hymn piece. The hymn is accompanied by the rhythms of the ancient Kanhi and tells of the the power of the people. Other rituals include the washing and dressing of the Statue of the King with mineral water and the offering of wine in worship.
|Festival Dates||October 7, 2010|