The Kate festival is celebrated annually for three days in the seventh lunar month by the Cham, who follow the Balamon religion in the province.
It is an opportunity for them to show their gratitude to kings, mandarins and ancestors and pray for good harvests, health and prosperity.
|The Kate Festival is held annually at Po Sah Inu Cham Towers in Phan Thiet city, Binh Thuan province, featuring traditional music and dance performances. (Photo: VNA/VNS)
The festival is held annually at Pô Sah Inu Cham Towers in Phan Thiet city's Phu Hai district with traditional rituals like offering costumes to Po Sah Inu Goddess, bathing Linga - Yoni statues, and performance of a ‘thanksgiving’ ceremony.
People and artists in traditional clothes will join and perform in ritual and cultural shows, folk dances and music performances with traditional instruments, and folk games.
The traditional Tra Que Village vegetable gardening in Hoi An, central province of Quang Nam was also added in the same list of national intangible heritage.
The village – 3km away from the Old Quarter of Hoi An– has preserved and practiced the farming trade and lifestyle for centuries.
The 300-year-old village is already popular with tourists and travel agencies, offering farming experience tours, a day working with farmers and the chance to explore the rural lifestyles.
The village’s herbs were recognised as a brand name by the Intellectual Property Rights Agency of Vietnam in 2009.