The Cham ethnic people in the Mekong Delta province of An Giang are enjoying some of the happiest days of the year, as the month of Ramadan has arrived and will last until the end of July.
The festival, which falls in the ninth month of the Islamic calendar, has special meaning for the ethnic group. On these days, Islamic followers older than 15 abstain from food and drink during the day in order to understand the lives of poor people and learn patience and humility.
Ramadan also gives Muslims in the province an opportunity to review their behaviour and work towards becoming better followers of Islam as well as better citizens.
The Cham ethnic community in An Giang was established 200 years ago and now consists of nearly 15,000 people who earn their livings through weaving traditional brocades, raising cattle and agriculture.
The Cham are one of the four largest ethnic groups in province, along with the Kinh, the Hoa and the Khmer, and they have made great contributions to its socio-economic development.