Royal Ploughing Day in Cambodia

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Cambodia is an agricultural country with a deep astrological belief that the Ox plays vital role in determining the fate of the harvest each year.

Royal Ploughing Day is celebrated in May, at the large park next to the Royal Palace at two aims: the first is the king sets a good example for farmers, telling them farming is important to the country, the second is to predict the harvest of the year. In the past, the king an d the queen will plough by themselves, however, nowadays their representatives will lead the oxen walk around the square 3 times. At last, the royal oxen will be led to seven golden trays at the middle of the square. These trays contain rice, corn, sesame seeds, beans, grass, water and wine. If the oxen choose crop, it means that the harvest will be good, if the oxen choose other things like wine, the harvest will not be good. It is a very traditional even in Cambodia which has sacred meaning in Cambodian’s belief and values.

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