"Royal Ploughing Ceremony" Siem Reap Local Custom Tip by Cathy&Gary

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The Royal Ploughing Ceremony is celebrated in May at the beginning of the rainy season and is the first of the traditional agrarian festivals.

This day marks the start of rice planting for the country.
In times past on a day determined by Palace astrologers, the King traced the first furrows in the capitals sacred rice field, inaugurating the Ploughing season.

Today a ceremonial furrow is ploughed in the park of the National Museum and the scared cows are offered selected foods and drinks and what they choose foretells the following years crops.

The ritual is performed by a man, the King of Meakh, who leads the yoke and plough. A woman follows, Queen Me Hour, who then sows the seeds.

After circling the rice filed three times, the procession stops at a chapel where Brahmins invoke the protection of the Gods.
For this ceremony both men and women wear brightly colored traditional Khmer costumes.

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  • Written Mar 21, 2009
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