Ooc Om Bok festival promotes traditional values of Khmer people hinh anh 1The highlight of the event will be a ghe ngo (Khmer long boat) race on November 10 and 11. (Photo: VNA)

Soc Trang (VNA) – A string of cultural and sport events will be held during the Ooc Om Bok festival in the Mekong Delta province of Soc Trang from November 5-11.

Vice Chairman of the provincial People’s Committee Ngo Hung, who is also deputy head of the organising board, said the festival is held annually to preserve the traditional cultural values of the Khmer ethnic people and promote the image of Soc Trang and its people to domestic and foreign visitors.

Ooc Om Bok will feature a re-enactment of a moon worshipping ritual, a water lantern (Loi-protip) festival, a show of traditional Khmer costumes, and a street food festival.

The highlight of the event will be a ghe ngo (Khmer long boat) race on November 10 and 11. The Khmer ethnic people view the race as both a game and a way to express solidarity, as well as a traditional ritual to bid farewell to the God of Water after the harvest season.
Hundreds of people are expected to attend the festival, so provincial police have outlined a plan to ensure safety and security during the event, Hung said.

The Ok Om Bok festival takes place under the full moon in the 10th lunar month, when the rainy season ends and the dry season starts, meaning its harvest time.

The Khmer believe the moon is a god who controls the weather and crops throughout the year.

On this occasion, they offer farm produce to thank the gods for favourable weather and a bumper harvest./.