Cham Bani people celebrates Ramuwan festival

Wednesday, 2014-06-25 17:06:41
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Nhan Dan – Ethnic Cham Bani people living in the central province of Binh Thuan began celebrations to welcome their new year with the traditional Ramuwan festival, which started on June 25.

The festival is considered as the biggest for the Islamic community in Vietnam, and the one-month celebration includes several traditional rituals such as prayer ceremonies and traditional activities like cleaning and decorating ancestors' graves.

In late August of the Muslim calendar, Cham Bani people prepare offerings for an ancestral tomb visit ritual, an important custom attached to the religion and folk beliefs. It is a memorial ceremony to show deep gratitude to their kin’s ancestors, as well as highlighting the spiritual life of all people in the community, regardless of status and class.

The Cham ethnic people have long-standing cultural traditions bearing the Cham ethnic group’s characters which are reflected in language, writing, architecture, sculpture and folklore. Festivals and rituals which are considered as unique characteristics of the Cham traditional art include Rija Nurgar ritual, PoDam tower festival, Kate festival of the Cham Bramans, and especially, Ramuwan festival with its specific features of the Cham Bani community.

A series of cultural and sporting activities will also be organised during the festival, which attracts thousands of local people as well as tourists.

On this occasion, provincial leaders have visited and presented gifts to representatives of the Islamic Cham Community and outstanding dignitaries, as well as local Cham people in the province.

The Ninh Thuan People’s Committee has also instructed cities and districts to partner with the provincial Fatherland Front Central Committee and other organisations to create favourable conditions for the management of the festival.