This year's Angkor Sankranta will be bigger and more attractive than the previous events, affirmed H.E. Hun Many, President of the Union of Youth Federations of Cambodia (UYFC), at a press conference here on Mar. 6.
There will be some 33 interesting programmes on the occasion such as art performances � Preah Reach Troap Dance (Royal Ballet), Lakhon Khol (masked theatre), Khmer popular games and an exhibition on Sambor Prey Kuk Temple, which was listed as a World Heritage Site on July 8, 2017, as well as the show of a giant Hanuman (monkey god in Hindu mythology) mask, he pointed out.
Angkor Sankranta is not only to celebrate the Khmer Traditional New Year and attract tourists, but also to inspire the love for national cultural heritage among the Cambodian people, he underlined.
Angkor Sankranta is organised annually in Siem Reap province, home to the famous Angkor temples, since 2013. It is aimed to show off the solidarity of the Cambodian family as a whole and to contribute to maintaining Cambodian tradition, culture and custom. The Angkor Sankranta 2018 will fall on April 13-16 � the ordinary days of the Khmer New Year anticipated by all Cambodians.
Last year's event featured a giant Chapei Dang Veng, a Cambodian musical instrument, inscribed on the List of Intangible Cultural Heritage in Need of Urgent Safeguarding of United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation (UNESCO) on Nov. 30, 2016.
Source: Agency Kampuchea Press