Cham people in celebration of Ramuwan New Year

The priests are saying prayer in front of tombs.

The priests are saying prayer in front of tombs.

BTO – Usually on March 30th of the Cham calendar, the Cham community in Binh Thuan province are eagerly preparing for the celebration of a month-long Ramuwan festival, an important and traditional New Year festival bearing special nuances of the Islamic Cham (Bani) people across Binh Thuan province.

Binh Thuan is a locality that gathered more than 41,000 Cham people following two religions of Brahmanism and Muslims. Of these, there are more than 15,000 Islamists (Bani) distributed in one pure Cham commune and six integrated hamlets.

Ramuwan is the greatest and most significant festival of the Cham Bani people. By the actions of cleaning and decorating the ancestral graves, worshipping ceremonies, the Cham people deeply express their gratitude and respects to their ancestors. In addition, it is also an occasion for all Islamic Cham families gather to pay tribute to their predecessors and pray for happiness, peace and bumper crops.

The Cham people own a long-standing cultural traditions imbued with national characters that are manifested through speech, script, architecture, sculpture, folklore and so on.

My Thien (Source: Binh Thuan Newspaper)