Principals of the Australian College of Education inspect at Wat Chak Angre Krom the Blue Dragon boat that ACE is sponsoring in the water festival.
The drought situation in several provinces may reduce the numbers of rural people
coming to Phnom Penh to celebrate the Water Festival November 25-27, a government
Khieu Kanharith, the government spokesman, said last year an estimated one million
people celebrated the Water Festival, but this year the drought has hit hard in the
Chea Kean, deputy secretary general of the Festival Committee, told the Post on November
18 that the number of dragon boats entered for racing is 351, but this would rise
in the next few days. Last year there were 376 boats.
The boats race during the day and at night eight illuminated boats will be towed
to positions in front of palace before the nightly fireworks display begins.
There will be classical performances and pop concerts in the public parks. Kean said
that to spread the crowd around the city, the committee was authorising concerts
and performances at Wat Phnom, Chroy Changva, Hun Sen Park, Merhu field (National
Museum), the park in front of Wat Botum and the Apsara stage at Psar Chas.