Cambodia will resume the celebration of Angkor Sankranta, an annual event held in Siem Reap cultural province during the Khmer Traditional New Year, in 2023.
The announcement was made by Prime Minister Samdech Akka Moha Sena Padei Techo Hun Sen while presiding over the closing ceremony of 3rd National Games and 1st National Para Games at the Morodok Techo National Stadium in Khan Chroy Changvar, Phnom Penh this evening
“I would like to confirm to all dear compatriots that the Angkor Sankranta will be resumed during the Khmer New Year in April 2023,” he said. “[I] hope that Kun Lbokator (Cambodia’s traditional martial art) will become a key symbol of the gathering at the Angkor Sankranta.”
Samdech Techo Hun Sen also expressed his congratulations and pride for the inscription of Kun Lbokator on the Representative List of the Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity of UNESCO, during the 17th Session of the Intergovernmental Committee for the Safeguarding of the Intangible Cultural Heritage in Rabat, Morocco on Nov. 29.
The Premier thanked the ancestors for leaving this legacy and the athletes and masters for their efforts in safeguarding this national identity. He also appreciated the Ministry of Culture and Fine Arts as well as the National Olympic Committee of Cambodia and other stakeholders for their endeavours in making the inscription of Kun Lbokator on the Representative List of the Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity of UNESCO a reality.
Cambodia has so far registered Angkor Archaeological Site, Preah Reach Troap Dance (Royal Ballet); Lakhon Sbek Thom (big shadow puppet); the 11th-century Preah Vihear Temple; Teanh Prot (tug-of-war), a popular recreational game; Chapei Dang Veng, a Cambodian two-stringed, long-necked guitar; Sambor Prei Kuk temple complex; and Lkhon Khol Wat Svay on the World Heritage List.
Source: Agency Kampuchea Press