Water Festival 2018

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Water Festival 2018

Post by CEOCambodiaNews » Sun Sep 16, 2018 5:05 pm

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Phnom Penh, Cambodia News: The Phnom Penh Administration has officially confirmed that the Royal Water Festival will be held on November 21 to November 23, 2018, along the Tonle Sap River in front of the Royal Palace.
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Re: Water Festival 2018

Post by bvanfossen » Sun Sep 16, 2018 5:33 pm

What do they do Durant those days there?
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Re: Water Festival 2018

Post by CEOCambodiaNews » Sun Sep 16, 2018 5:52 pm

bvanfossen wrote:
Sun Sep 16, 2018 5:33 pm
What do they do Durant those days there?
Last year's Water Festival thread will give you some idea:
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Re: Water Festival 2018

Post by that genius » Sun Sep 16, 2018 5:56 pm

They try to see how many Khmers can crowd the waterfront and get their pockets picked.
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Re: Water Festival 2018

Post by CEOCambodiaNews » Sun Sep 16, 2018 6:11 pm

'Old-timers' Water Festival thread started by LTO:
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Post by Jamie_Lambo » Mon Sep 17, 2018 3:11 am

is there a reason why the festival is at the end of the month this year?
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Re: Water Festival 2018

Post by fax » Mon Sep 17, 2018 3:56 am

Jamie_Lambo wrote:
Mon Sep 17, 2018 3:11 am
is there a reason why the festival is at the end of the month this year?
Yes the lunar cycle, 23rd November is a full moon. It coincides with a Buddhist day but I forget the name. If I’m not mistaken it marks the end of the wet season.
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Re: Water Festival 2018

Post by Barang chgout » Mon Sep 17, 2018 8:22 am

22nd is an ordinary Buddha day.
End of wet = Pchum Ben, 8,9,10 October.

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Re: Water Festival 2018

Post by Samana Johann » Mon Sep 24, 2018 3:34 pm

Jamie_Lambo wrote:
Mon Sep 17, 2018 3:11 am
is there a reason why the festival is at the end of the month this year?
Nyom Jamie,

It's actually the end of the Vassa (rain retreat), the first. On this day the Buddha gave the "Anapanasati-Sutta", Mindfulness on breathing, encouraging also to four month retreat. In instructed areas (only very less Monastery communities even know it) of Dhamma this day is known as Anapanasati-Day (Buddhist Pūjās/devotional days-list)

As for the folk-tradition (total opposite the Buddha Dhamma, encouraging to lose mind), it's propably adapted from the Siam King or viciversa: Here the start of a nice to read and teaching Legend:
Legends of Somdet Toh

...Another time, Rama IV felt that since Thailand had been laid waste by the Burmese, many ancient Thai customs had disappeared, so new customs should be developed to replace them. So he decided, "Wouldn't it be nice if we had a boat parade at the end of the rains retreat? Every monastery in Bangkok will be responsible for decorating a boat, and we'll have a contest to reward the best-looking boat." So the royal decree went out that every monastery in Bangkok had to decorate a boat for the parade....
The time marks also the season where the Tonle Sap River slowly starts to flow south/sea-wardly again and of course it's also related to the farming season.
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Re: Water Festival 2018

Post by Jamie_Lambo » Tue Sep 25, 2018 12:51 am

cool thanks,
i only ask, because i usually miss it as im often still in Thailand in November, and always wanted to check it out,
so last year i made sure to arrive in time for the water festival and it being at the very start of November, but i noticed this year it being at the very end of November
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