Events  Happy Water Festival in Cambodia
24/11/201500:00 TV5MONDE




During 3 days, Cambodia is celebrating the Water Festivall (Bon Om Tuk) in Khmer. This is the largest and most popular celebration in Cambodia and is also a long-term tradition.
It takes place everywhere in the country but the biggest celebration happens in the capital, Phnom penh and includes several celebrations.



The date of the Festival varies every year depending on the mansoon rains. The 2015 Festival will start later than last year. It is supposed to start on November 24th in Siem Reap. In 2014, it took place between 5th -7th November. The website Grantourismotravels.com features some beautiful and colorful pictures of last year race (2014) in Siem Reap. 


A symbol of the end of the rainy season:
During the rainy season, the flow of the Tonle slap river is up-stream, but it is at this time of the Water Festival that it returns to a normal down-stream flow. There is thus a reversal of the flow between the Mekong and the Tonle Sap rivers.
This is also the opportunity for local people to give thanks to the rivers for providing the country with fertile land and abundant fish.


 

A symbol of the strong ancient marine forces under the Khmer empire:
The boat racing tradition dates from the Khmer empire and emphasizes the strength of the Khmer marine forces at that time. Battles were organized every year. This tradition still goes on and the winner team receives a prize. There are around 30 to 40 men or women on each boat, including a dancer in order to encourage the rowers.





The beautiful illuminated boats (Loy Pratip):
Floating boats are illuminated by thousands of neons in different colors, with each one representing a ministry or an institution.





Later during the night, colorful fireworks will entertain millions of Cambodian people and tourists who came there to enjoy themselves at the biggest celebration in Cambodia.


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