The Mekong Delta Province of Soc Trang will host the 2nd Vietnam Rice Festival which aims to honor farmers and Vietnamese rice, from November 8-14.
The Vietnam Rice Festival is an opportunity for enterprises to exchange experiences, new technologies and introduce their products to consumers and future business partners.
Many seminars on promoting Vietnamese rice to the world market will be held during the festival.
The festival will also feature a wide range of activities, including exhibitions on water-rice cultivation and the development of Vietnamese rice, firework displays, music performances, Vietnamese rice trademark competition, “Miss Countryside” beauty contest and a photo contest.
Vietnam Rice Festival will coincide with the Ooc-om-bok Ngo boat race, a traditional cultural activity of the Khmer people.
On the two days leading up to the tenth full moon of the year, when the rains have ceased and the rice is ripening in the fields, the Khmer people who live in the Mekong Delta province of Soc Trang entreat their moon deity for a bumper crop and good fortune in the festival of Ooc-om-bok. The people pray for good luck, happiness, good weather and a bumper crop, and express their sadness and worries and pray that their god will bestow favors on them and give them a better life.
The first Vietnam Rice Festival was held in the Mekong Delta province of Hau Giang in 2009.