Svay Rieng province will host this year's Royal Ploughing ceremony � Cambodia's traditional celebration to mark the beginning of the crop planting season in the country � that will fall on May 3.
The assignment was shared by the National Committee for Organising National and International Festivals, stressing that His Majesty Preah Bat Samdech Preah Boromneath Norodom Sihamoni, King of Cambodia, will preside over the annual celebration.
Governor of Svay Rieng province H.E. Men Vibol, it added, will play the role of 'King Meak' to guide the royal oxen and symbolically plough the determined royal field, with his spouse who will be Queen Mehour walking behind him, sowing seeds in the assumed furrowed soil.
Some 50 stalls will be erected to showcase agricultural products and beyond to cheer the traditional event.
Usually held in May, the celebration mainly intends to flag up the commencement of rainy season among Cambodian farmers so that they are prepared for their farming, and to pray for bountiful harvest for the year.
The event also entails an activity wherein the royal oxen are allowed to choose among their eatable foods and drinks prepared, and the results of their decision will be used to predict amount of rainfalls throughout season.
Source: Agency Kampuchea Press