Water Festival in Phnom Penh 2015 не будет

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Water Festival in Phnom Penh 2015 не будет

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We are sorry to say, but the 2015 Water Festival in Phnom Penh has been canceled. Again.

After the tragic events on the last day of the festival in 2010, it was canceled the following three years. The Water Festival was restored in its former glory in 2014, although much less visitors than normal attended the festivities.

And now, in 2015, the government has again pulled the plug on the festivities. It’s still a public holiday, but there will be no boat races, no performances, nothing. Official reason: the water level is too low. Unofficial reason: rising political tensions between ruling party CPP and opposition party CNRP.

The annual three-day Water Festival competes with the Khmer New Year for being the most important holiday for Cambodians.

The boat races on the Tonle Sap and the carnival atmosphere ashore attract millons of people from all over the country.

A smaller Water Festival is held around Angkor Wat, but for the real thing you’ll have to go to Phnom Penh.

In Khmer the annual Water Festival is called Bonn Om Toeuk. The Water and Moon Festival ushers in the fishing season.

It also marks the reversal of the current in Tonle Sap river. Boat races as well as fireworks displays are held at the river.

Date in 2015: November 24-25-26, but festivities CANCELED

Date in 2016: November 13-14-15 (well, if there’s not yet another reason to cancel it)

More than 400 boats, propelled by precision-trained oarsmen, take part in the annual boat race, the highlight of the Water Festival or Bonn Om Touk. This is one of the major events in the Kingdom which attracts multitudes of people from the various provinces to the capital Phnom Penh.

They arrive by buses, cars, bikes, cyclos, bicycles and even trucks. Many stay over in the city during the three-day festival, lending support to their boat team. Others use this opportunity to explore the sights and sounds of Phnom Penh – for many it is the only occasion to visit the city.
Будь текуч, как вода, покоен, как зеркало, отзывчив, как эхо, и невозмутим, как тишина.
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