Cambodia Celebrates Royal Plowing Ceremony in Siem Reap Province

The Royal Plowing ceremony was held this morning under the presidency of His Majesty King Norodom Sihamoni in Siem Reap province, home to the Angkor temples, a UNESCO's World Heritage Site.

National Assembly President Samdech Akka Moha Ponhea Chakrei Heng Samrin, Senate President Samdech Vibol Sena Pheakdei Say Chhum, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Interior Samdech Kralahom Sar Kheng, and many high-ranking officials as well as foreign diplomats accredited to Cambodia were also present on the occasion.

During the ceremony, H.E. Khem Bunsong, Governor of Siem Reap province, played the role of "King Meak" by guiding the royal oxen and plowing around the Royal Field, while his spouse played the role of "Queen Mehua" by walking behind scattering seeds on the furrowed ground at the Terrace of the Elephants, located in the Royal Square of Angkor Thom.

After the plowing, two royal oxen were driven to the seven trays containing paddy, beans, corn, sesame, water, wine and grass. The oxen ate a lot of beans, followed by rice and corn.

This is a good sign for bean, rice and corn growing in the country this year, said a Royal Brahmin, calling on Cambodian farmers to be ready to do their farming.

The Royal Plowing ceremony is the annual and traditional ceremony to mark the beginning of the crop planting season in Cambodia.

Last year, the Royal Plowing ceremony was held in Battambang province.

According to the tradition, the Royal Plowing ceremony is celebrated to predict the upcoming distribution of rainfall, thus rice harvesting, in the country through the oxen's appetite of paddy, corn, bean, grass, sesame, water, wine.

Source: AKP