return icon Vietnamnet.vn

Ok Om Bok Festival of the Khmer

The Khmer in Vietnam’s southern region are celebrating the Ok Om Bok or Moon Worship Festival.

ok om bok festival of the khmer hinh 0

10 teams join the 2019 Ghe Ngo race in Soc Trang province.

 

 

After the harvest, they hold the Ok Om Bok Festival to honor the Moon, a supernatural power, for protecting their crops, regulating the weather, and blessing them with fruitful crops and prosperity.

The Khmer believe the Moon deity is in charge of regulating the weather. After the harvest, they offer young sticky rice and other farm produce to the Moon deity on the 10th fullmoon day of the year. A ceremony is held in a pagoda or in someone’s home.

Young sticky rice is flattened to make a specialty called Cốm, a center piece of the offerings, which also include potatoes, coconuts, bananas, and rice-powder cakes. 

The offerings are placed on a table in the yard where all family members gather for the Ok Om Bok ceremony. The oldest person in the family feeds pieces of Com to the children and asks them about their wishes.

If the ceremony is held in a pagoda, a monk or another prestigious member of the community feeds the children.

ok om bok festival of the khmer hinh 1

After the ritual, the offerings are distributed to everyone as a symbol of unity and friendship. Do Minh Dung, a Khmer man who lives in Soc Trang, said, “This is a special festival of the Khmer every year.  We contribute offerings to the pagodas and our community.”

Besides the ritual, the Ok Om Bok festival includes entertainments such as art performances and Ghe Ngo races.

ok om bok festival of the khmer hinh 2

A Ngo is a junk approximately 22 to 24 meters long carrying 50 to 60 rowers. The junk’s stem is carved in the shape of an animal. The body is colorfully painted. Junks, valuable community assets, are kept at pagodas and used just once a year for the Ok Om Bok junk race.

Ngo Hung, Vice Chairman of the Soc Trang provincial People’s Committee, said: “The Ghe Ngo race is held every year during the Ok Om Bok festival and preserved the Khmer culture in Soc Trang. We want to promote its attractions to tourists.” VOV

Khmer people in Soc Trang celebrate Sene Dolta festival

Khmer people in Soc Trang celebrate Sene Dolta festival

The Khmer community in the southern provinces of Soc Trang is celebrating their Sene Dolta festival, a major event of the ethnic group to remember ancestors.

Famous Khmer pagoda on Vietnam-Cambodia border area

Famous Khmer pagoda on Vietnam-Cambodia border area

Xa Xia Pagoda is one of the typical tourist attractions and a cultural and religious centre of Khmer ethnic people in Ha Tien town of the southwestern province of Kien Giang.

MORE NEWS

VIETNAM NEWS HEADLINES MAY 22

15th National Assembly to commence third session on May 23

VIETNAM BUSINESS NEWS MAY 22

AMRO forecasts Vietnam’s strong recovery amidst external headwinds

Vietnam unveils national costume for Miss International Queen 2022

Vietnamese representative Phung Truong Tran Dai officially unveiled an outfit that she will wear during the National Costume Competition at the Miss International Queen 2022 pageant set to take place in June in Thailand.

Exploring the unspoiled beauty of Du Gia

The striking beauty, peaceful nature and fresh air of Du Gia Village in Ha Giang Province never ceases to enchant travelers.

Vietnamese stocks see world-leading growth

The surge of several leading stocks is deemed as a driving force for Vietnam's stock market achieving the world's strongest gains.

Lam Kinh ancient royal capital holds feudal mysteries

The special national relic site of the Lam Kinh ancient royal capital of the Later Le Dynasty in Thanh Hoa's Tho Xuan District harbours mysterious tales about one of the most significant Vietnamese feudal reigns.

Artist goes bananas with rustic artworks

Dried banana bark might sound useless to many, but by using his creativity and skill, artist Phan Van Dac in Quang Binh Province creates vivid landscapes and soulful portraits.

Vietnam Airlines posts VND2.6-trillion net loss in Q1

Vietnam Airlines reported a net loss of over VND2.6 trillion in the first quarter of 2022, sending the national flag carrier’s accumulated loss up to VND24.5 trillion, or over US$1 billion.

Developers clamour for legal clarity

Real estate leaders suggest that detailed regulations are needed to promote a healthy condotel, officetel, and resort villa sector in Vietnam.

Soaring petrol price impacting multitude of industries

A surge in the world’s oil price is benefiting oil and gas businesses, but causing difficulties for other producers and pressurising the government’s efforts to rein in inflation.

Preserving the Mekong Delta's floating markets

The Mekong Delta's famed floating markets, where speciality products are sold on boats, provide a unique environment thatnbsp;is popular amongnbsp;both local and foreign visitors.

Lifebuoys available on rivers to prevent drowing

Tens of red and white lifebuoys have recently been hung on Long Bien Bridge crossing the Red River, Hanoi by a group of volunteers in the hope of saving drowning victims.

Urgent action needed on primate protection

A report by ENV showed that only 30% of total poaching violations in Vietnam were discovered, while 70% were unknown, meaning that the number of the langurs hunted in the forest was unclear.

Dried-frog products bring good income for farmers in An Giang

The road to the “dried-frog village” in Vinh Trung commune in Tinh Bien district in An Giang province gets especially busy beginning at 3 pm, when men set out to catch tree frogs.

31ST SEA GAMES: UPDATES MAY 22

SEA Games 31: Vietnamese judo team see gold number tripling target
back_to_top