Water Festival

The annual Water Festival (Bon Om Touk) is one of Cambodia’s most important holidays. It is celebrated every November, during the full moon period. The festival is dedicated to the Khmer army, especially the water forces that defended the kingdom in historic battles.

In Banteay Chhmar, the festival is normally celebrated for two or three days and includes boat racing; preparing dalambok (flattened rice) for the Sampeas Preah Khe (Moon Salutation) and the Loy Pratip (illuminated floating boats) celebration. There are also plenty of food and drink sellers, dancing and games for both the young and old.

Please view a photo compilation of the Water Festival over the past few years.