A ceremony receiving the certificate for the Ok-Om-Bok festival as the national intangible cultural heritage was held in the Mekong Delta province of Tra Vinh on November 6.
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 festival will offer plenty of entertainment too, in the form of concerts and stage shows, traditional sports and games, releasing of buoyant paper lanterns into the air and on the river.
The ritual moon-worship ceremony is observed in the yards of pagodas and private homes.
Tra Vinh is currently home to 320,000 ethnic Khmer, accounting for 32 percent of the province’s total population. During the moon worshipping festival, Ba Om pond cultural relic site attracts thousands of local inhabitants and tourists.
The province's My Long sea worship festival, the local art of don ca tai tu (southern folk music) and Cham Rieng-Cha Pay (the art of singing and playing Cha Pay, a two-stringed instrument) of the Khmer group early were on the national cultural heritage list.