Water Festival in Cambodia

The Water Festival is one of the major events in Cambodia.

This Festival is celebrated annually for three days in October or November, depending on the lunar calendar.

There are Boat-racing (Om Touk), Illuminated boat procession (Bondet Protib), Moon salutation (Ak Ambok and Sampeah Preah Khe), and gathering along Tole Sap River bank in front of the Royal Palace in Phnom Penh.

The Festival represents a thanksgiving to the Gods of Water and Earth for providing the livelihood and welfare for the Cambodian people.

This year, the Festival will be celebrated on 15, 16 and 17 November 2005. The Festival normally attracts large number of people from various provinces and from overseas to the river bank in Phnom Penh for watching traditional boats racing and illuminated boat procession.

The racing dates back to ancient times marking the strength of the powerful Khmer marine forces during the Khmer Empire. Click here to see the history


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