Soc Trang to host Ok-Om-Bok festival 2017

The Ok-Om-Bok festival, a moon worshipping ritual performed by the Khmer ethnic people and Soc Trang traditional boat race 2017 will be organized in the Mekong Delta province of Soc Trang from October 28-November 3.

The press conference of the 2017 Ok-Om-Bok Festival (Photo: Sggp)

The press conference of the 2017 Ok-Om-Bok Festival (Photo: Sggp)

A series of cultural activities , such as a releasing buoyant paper lanterns into the air and on the river., street festival, art perfromances, folk sports and games, and many traditional rituals will be held during the festival.
The highlight of the event is a traidtional boat race on Maspero River with the participation of around 60 teams from southern provinces and cities, including Soc Trang, Can Tho, Tra Vinh, Ca Mau, Bac Lieu, Kien Giang, Hau Giang, Vinh Long and more.
The Ok Om Bok celebrations, also known as the Khmer Moon Thanksgiving Ceremony, fall on October 15 of the lunar calendar. It is a time for the Khmer to show their gratitude to the Moon Goddess for giving them a bumper harvest and rich aquatic sources.
The Ministry of Culture, Sports and Tourism announced the recognition of the Ok-Om-Bok festival as the 4th national intangible cultural heritage in 2014.

By MINH LUAN – Translated by Kim Khanh

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