Prime Minister Samdech Akka Moha Sena Padei Techo Hun Sen has sent a message congratulating the first day of the Water Festival being held from Nov. 21 to 23, 2018.
This message was posted on his Facebook page after boat racing, a major event of the festival, kicked off this morning, at around 11:00 am, on the Tonle Sap River, in front of the Royal Palace in Phnom Penh with the participation of 298 boats and more than 20,000 rowers.
In the message, the Premier underlined the crowd of people who came to enjoy the annual festival, especially along the river, in front of the Royal Palace and at Chroy Changvar area.
Beside boat racing, people can visit trade fairs and attend concerts at different locations in the capital, he said, adding, "Our country is in full peace, therefore we can celebrate such big national festival yearly. Without peace, there would be no Water Festival today.
Samdech Techo Hun Sen also called on all competent forces to pay attention to maintaining security and social order so that the citizens and foreign visitors can enjoy the Water Festival in the capital city and in provinces.
Apart from boat racing, "Loy Pratip" - the display of decorative lighted boats from different public institutions, "Sampeas Preah Khe" - Moon Festival, and "Ok Ambok" - a type of glutinous rice roasted and crushed with pestle eaten with banana or coconut juice, are the main events of the three-day Water Festival.
All of the decorative lighted boats will be floated during the three evenings along the Tonle Sap River, from the Royal Palace to the Chroy Changvar Bridge until 10:00 pm. There will be also the display of fireworks at around 6:30 pm after His Majesty Norodom Sihamoni, King of Cambodia, lights the victory flame to begin the parade of the illuminated boats.
Over 1 million visitors are expected to come and enjoy each day of the festival. To prevent accidents, strengthen security and social order, and maintain the city's beauty, 12,754 security forces have been deployed, medical doctors and nurses have been stationed, some 500 mobile toilets and 1,600 bins have been put at different locations. Moreover, authorities have restricted the traffic of heavy trucks in the city from Nov. 20 to 24.
The annual event is broadcasted live by the National Television of Kampuchea (TVK) and the Radio National of Kampuchea (RNK).
Source: Agency Kampuchea Press