Thousands of Cham Bani, or Muslim Cham people, in south central Vietnam visited family tombs in late June to purify their ancestors and themselves for the month of Ramuwan, their biggest traditional festival of the year.
Ramuwan, or Ramadan, is the ninth month of the Islamic calendar, which started June 26 this year.
People in the Cham Bani community in Van Lam Village in Ninh Thuan Province celebrated the festival for three days until June 28, but acar (priests) then stayed at a communal house for rituals and fasting in one month, Tuoi Tre newspaper reported.
On the first day, people visited the cemetery to invite their ancestors and dead family members come back and join the celebration.
Priests led the visit in Arabic prayers and performed rituals like watering the tombs as a symbol of cleansing the dead and laying out offerings for them.
People prepared more offerings at home later.
The community of Cham people in Vietnam, who remain from the Kingdom of Champa (7th to 18th centuries), is comprised of Cham Bani and Cham Balamon who follow Hinduism. Most of them live in Ninh Thuan and the neighboring Binh Thuan Province.