Khanh Hoa set for bustle of Ponagar Temple Festival

Thursday, 2018-05-03 20:44:43
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NDO – The traditional Ponagar Temple Festival of Cham ethnic people will take place at the Ponagar Temple Relic Site in the coastal province of Khanh Hoa from May 5 to 8.

The festival is observed annually from the 20th day to the 23rd day of the third lunar month to commemorate Goddess Yang Po Inu Nagar - the Holy Mother of the Cham community in the Southern Central region.

The event draws the participation of the Cham ethnic community in Ninh Thuan and Binh Thuan provinces as well as pilgrims from central and Central Highlands regions.

This year’s festival will include traditional rites such as clothes changing for Holy Mother, a lantern release on the Cai River, a palanquin procession, a ceremony to pray for peace and prosperity, and an incense offering.

Visitors will also have the opportunity to take part in cultural and sporting events, enjoy arts performances, and explore the traditional weaving techniques and pottery making of Cham people.