This is a three-day festival held annually around November. Based on the Cambodian lunar calendar, last year (2014) the festival will be held from 6 to 7 November. Phnom Penh just held this festival last year after 4 year-break due to various reasons, such as the worst flood that happened in Phnom Penh.

The festival was revived in 1993 and was known as the water festival after the capital city of the Khmer Kingdom was moved from Siem Reap to Phnom Penh.

During the Angkorian era, many centuries ago, the water festival was celebrated near Siem Reap city, but today it is focused on Tonle Sap River, just in front of the Royal Palace in Phnom Penh’s Riverfront area. Usually over 300 boats participate in this festival.

In the ancient days this festival was held to celebrate the Khmer kingdom’s supremacy on its water territory, as seen in the picture above. It was also reported that there were many firecrackers and fireworks during the celebrations. Today’s water festival consists of boat races, an illuminated boat show and so on.








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