Ooc Om Bok festival to take place in Soc Trang province in late November

Tuesday, 07/11/2023 11:16
The Ooc Om Bok festival to worship the Moon will take palce in the Mekong Delta province of Soc Trang on November 25-27 to honour the traditional cultural traits of local Khmer ethnics.
Ghe Ngo race is seen as a way to express solidarity, as well as a traditional ritual to see off the God of Water to the ocean after the growing season. (Photo: VNA) 

The festival also aims to promote local tourism promotion, mobilise resources for tourism infrastructure development, and raise public awareness of tourism development.

Diverse activities such as ghe ngo (Khmer long boat) race, Moon worshipping ritual, performance of Loi Protip (water lantern), OCOP fair, street food festival, and art exhibition will be held during the festival.

In addition, a ceremony to announce the Guiness Vietnam Record for the largest painting made from ST rice in the country will be organised.

According to VNA, Ok Om Bok is one of the three main festivals along with Sene Dolta and Chol Chnam Thmay that Khmer people celebrate every year. It takes place under the full moon in the 10th lunar month annually, when it changes from the rainy season to the dry season, the growing season to the harvest season.

The Khmer believe the Moon is a god who controls the weather and crops throughout the year. On this occasion, Khmer people provide offerings of farm products to thank the God’s blessing for favourable weather and their bountiful harvest./.

Compiled by BTA