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In Cambodia, Water Festival is the most sparkling traditional festival. Spelt in the original Khmer as Bon Om TOuk, Water Festival is celebrated once a year, on the full moon of the Buddhist of Kadeuk (usually in November) at aim of welcome a major natural occurrence: the reversing flow between the Tonle Sap and the Mekong River.
In Cambodia, Water Festival is the most sparkling traditional festival. Spelt in the original Khmer as Bon Om TOuk, Water Festival is celebrated once a year, on the full moon of the Buddhist of Kadeuk (usually in November) at aim of welcome a major natural occurrence: the reversing flow between the Tonle Sap and the Mekong River. Water Festival has long history since 12th century by the King Jayavarman VII to kick off the Cambodia fishing season. Nowadays, Cambodian celebrates this festival to express their special thank to Tonle Sap – the source of most Cambodians’ lives. Water Festival often takes place in 3 days. People from far away gather at the river bank to join celebration. The most exciting activity is boat sailing competition. Colorful racing boats with bright paint schemes, eyes painted on the prow to protect against evil make up a vivid picture. Many boat crews are complemented with a colorfully-costumed lady at the prow dancing to the beat of the drums. In the evening, the festivities continue with carnival rides, traditional music performances and dances. Coming to Cambodia these day is really a gift for your eyes, a current for your soul by the exciting, lively and refresh atmosphere of Water Festival.
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