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Cambodia Water And Moon Festival

For the people of Cambodia, the water Festival (The pirogue Racing
Festival) in Phnom Penh is the most magnificent traditional festival.
For three days Phnom Penh citizens, foreign tourists and peasants from
various provinces gather in the capital to celebrate festival night day.
The
water festival had background for so long time. The water festival
ceremony is the army training to do attest of the army for preparing to
do a battle. In the history, Khmer King always does the battle with
enemies by sailing. So he prepares this water festival ceremony every
year to choose Champion of sailing battle, as in Bayon Temple, Batteay Chhmar in the Preah Bat Jayvarman VII. We had seen a lot of statues about sailing battle under leading of Jayvarman VII. The custom of this is to have from then up to the present.

On the other hand the water is celebrated every years in November to honor the victory of Cambodian Naval forces in the reign of King JayvarmanVII, during Angkor period of the 12th century.

And
this ceremony is to history about military exercise of our navy force
in the course of national defense and to express thanks to the 3
Buddhist symbols Gods and holy thing which helped us and agriculture
field and serves as an opportunity to pray for our lord for the
happiness and sufficient rain for rice cultivation.
Besides the regatta, the water festival also includes three other ceremonies: Illuminated float (Loy Pratip), Moon salutation (Sampeas Preah Khe) and the eating of pestle new special rice with banana or coconut juice (Ork Ambok).
The ceremony last three days to provide opportunity for people to by
part in competition that there were to types of boats from near and far
of provinces, taking part in the races, the pirogue and the rowing boat.
Each boat was manned by about thirty to forty men or women. The boat
with a man or a woman dancing softly and gracefully to the rhythm of the
drums on the bow as an encouragement to the rowers moved swiftly
through the water.There
as the race winners will be rewarded a lot of good such as: drink,
money, clothes, rice, cigarettes and the commission of the boat racing
day must seek donations in order to provide this prize for participants.

During the nighttime at about seven o’clock the river was lit by
jazzy illuminated boats, which floated slowly, and smoothly on the
water’s surface. Each of them was equipped with thousands of flashy neon
lights arranged in different colorful, fancy patterns representing
state institutions, ministries and services.

After
a little time fireworks and multi color were lit to entertain people.
Some of people made loud noises.They burst into different shapes and
colors in the sky under the clapped and cheered with joy each time at
the sight of the fireworks.
Finally
the water festival is the festivity for the Cambodian people who
celebrated every years and going for a walk during the ceremony days
really refreshed our mood. The lively festive atmosphere helped relive
our tension and trouble.
Source: tourismcambodia
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