This Year’s Royal Ploughing Ceremony To Be Held in Siem Reap Province

Cambodia will celebrate this year's Royal Ploughing ceremony, which marks the beginning of the crop planting season in the country, on May 24 at the Terrace of the Elephants in Siem Reap province.

H.E. Khim Bunsong, Governor of Siem Reap province, will play the role of "King Meak" by guiding the royal oxen and plough around the Royal Field, while his spouse will be "Queen Mehour" by walking behind, scattering seeds in the furrowed earth, said the National Committee for Organising National and International Festivals.

Since 2013, the Royal Ploughing ceremony has been celebrated in province.

According to the tradition, the ceremony is annually 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, and wine.

Source: Agence Kampuchea Press