Logo of Phnom Penh Post newspaper Phnom Penh Post - Cows snub rice at ceremony

Cows snub rice at ceremony

Cows snub rice at ceremony

120510_04b

Prince Norodom Chakravuth is carried by attendants at the start of the Royal Ploughing Ceremony yesterday. Photograph: Heng Chivoan/Phnom Penh Post

The predictions are in: corn and beans.

That’s what Cambodian farmers should plant this season, according to yesterday’s bovine oracle that is the traditional Royal Ploughing Ceremony.

The annual ceremony, held in front of Phnom Penh’s National Museum beside the Royal Palace, marks the beginning of agricultural production and the rainy season.

King Norodom Sihamoni and National Assembly president Heng Samrin presided over the ceremony that was also attended by Prince Norodom Chakravuth and Princess Sisowath Chansita, who wore brightly coloured traditional Khmer costumes to mark the occasion.

After about an hour of ceremonial ploughing on a grassy field, a pair of Royal Oxen doubled down on corn and beans, overlooking other offerings such as sesame and rice.

Also snubbed was wine, which, if consumed, portends disaster for crops.

The Royal Oxen also ate grass, which the Royal Palace’s soothsayer said indicated that cows, buffalo and horses may face diseases over the coming season.

The soothsayer didn’t forget to give a nod to other external factors that might influence crop growth.

“We would like to pray that the rain and weather will be regular and will bring high production of agriculture,” he said.

The oxens’ choice made 52-year-old farmer Em Panha “worried that rice production this year might be not good enough because the oxen did not eat rice – maybe there will be flooding in the coming planting season”.

To contact the reporter on this story: Vong Sokheng at [email protected]

MOST VIEWED

  • Prince injured, wife dies after accident

    THE wife of former First Prime Minister Prince Norodom Ranariddh, Ouk Phalla, 39, died while the prince was “severely” injured following a road accident in Preah Sihanouk province’s Prey Nub district on Sunday morning, officials said. Rananriddh, who is also the president of the Funcinpec

  • Guards protest dismissals, reject claims of sharing naked photos of child

    Some 20 former security guards at the US Embassy in Phnom Penh protested on Tuesday against their dismissal. They accused their employers of falsely claiming they had viewed and shared child pornography from their mobile phones as grounds for their termination. In total, 32 personnel were dismissed

  • We’re going to Wisney World!

    More than 6,000 mostly Chinese attendees witnessed the inauguration ceremony of a $1 billion Sihanoukville resort project called Wisney World in the capital on Wednesday. The event on Koh Pich, attended by several senior Cambodian government officials, is a joint venture between China’s AMC International and

  • Funcinpec urges probe into deadly Preah Sihanouk accident

    THE Funcinpec party has urged the government, especially the Ministry of Interior, to investigate the traffic accident in Preah Sihanouk province which left Prince Norodom Ranariddh badly injured and his wife Ouk Phalla dead. Funcinpec Vice President You Hokry told reporters at Botum Votey pagoda,