Cate Festival (Ca'Te Festival)

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Country and Region VietnamNinh 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)
80 Quan Su Street
Hoan Kiem District
Hanoi, Vietnam
Phone: 011 84 4 942 2070

Festival Description

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
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