This Year’s Water Festival Postponed

AKP Phnom Penh, August 13, 2020 —

The Royal Government of Cambodia has decided to postpone the annual Water Festival, scheduled from Oct. 30 to Nov. 1, 2020.

The suspension, agreed in principle by Prime Minister Samdech Akka Moha Sena Padei Techo Hun Sen on Aug. 5, was made known in a letter dated Aug. 11 of the Office of the Council of Ministers to the National Committee for Organising National and International Festivals.

Even though the letter did not specify the reason, it is known that the suspension is aimed to reduce the risk of COVID-19 transmission in the Kingdom and to save some budget during this hard time.

As of the morning, the total number of confirmed COVID-19 cases in Cambodia rose now to 272, of them 223 or almost 82 percent have successfully recovered.

The three-day Water Festival is one of the most joyful festivals in Cambodia. It consists of three main events: boat racing, Loy Pratip (the display of decorative lighted boats from different public institutions), Sampeas Preah Khe (Moon Festival) and Ok Ambok (a type of glutinous rice roasted and crushed with pestle eaten with banana or coconut juice).

By Phal Sophanith