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Bon Om Tuk

Bon Om Tuk, the Water Festival at Tonle Sap (October or November, depending on lunar cycle) is the country's greatest celebration. This major Cambodia festival marks the changing of the flow of the Tonle Sap and is also seen as thanksgiving to the Mekong River. Boat races date in traditional long canoes recall the strength of the powerful Khmer marine forces during the height of empire. Hundreds of brightly colored boats with over 50 paddlers battle it out for top honors.

Chrott Preah Nongkoal

If you are in Phnom Penh in mid-May be sure to take in Bonn Chrott Preah Nongkoal (the Royal Ploughing Ceremony). This celebration alerts the nation to the commencement of the rainy season and ploughing period. Cows are given a variety of crops to eat. Based on the choices they make while eating, predictions are made for the coming year's harvest.