Oc Om Boc Festival has been celebrated to thank the moon god for bringing good crops, abundant fish in the river and maintain the health of all the villagers. The Festival attracts to some 50 teams from several Mekong Delta provinces vied with each other to win the Ngo Boat Race held in Soc Trang Province on Nov 28-30.

  04/12/2012 16:11

The teams from Soc Trang, Bac Lieu, Hau Giang and Kien Giang participated in the 1,000m race for women and 1,200m race for men. The boat races were major highlights of this year's Oc Om Boc Festival.
Superior Buddhist Monk Tang No of the Khleang Pagoda in Soc Trang City said the Oc Om Boc Festival thanks the moon god for bringing in good crops and abundant fish in the river and for maintaining the health of all the villagers.

The most colorful event of the Oc Om Boc Festival is the flying of paper lanterns and placing banana tree ferries attached with lights in the river. This is believed to sweep away the darkness and humidity of the rainy season.

As the full moon appears on the night of the festival, people place trays of offerings in the pagoda's yard or at their homes. The offerings include green rice flakes, ripe bananas, coconuts and mangoes.

At the end of the ceremony, the children of the house sit on the ground and clap their hands while they are fed a handful of green rice flakes by the elders. The most colourful event of the festival is the flying of paper lanterns and floating of candles on banana tree rafts in the river. This ritual is believed to sweep away the darkness and humidity of the rainy season, Monk Tang No said.

Over 200 stalls at the Oc Om Boc Trade-Tourism Fair 2012, which was held at the Ho Nuoc Ngot Exhibition Centre in Soc Trang between November 22 and 28, displayed and sold farm produce, seafood, processed food and many other consumer goods.

Tourism services and products from Soc Trang and other Mekong Delta provinces were also on display that attracted thousands of visitors each day.

(Source: Cinet)


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