Sok Kon, Kandal
"This is the first time I have been part of a team competing in the Water Festival
boat races, and I am very hap-py and proud to be doing so. I thank our government
for giving us the opportunity to celebrate this festival."
Ngin Kom, Takeo
"Just the same as other Cambodian people, I am feeling happy that the Water
Festival has been revived, along with the celebration of Prince Siha-nouk's birthday.
I remain very hopeful about Prince Sihanouk returning to lead his people."
Cham Sisokaramo Buddhist monk, Kompong Speu
"The Water Festival is an old Cambodian festival that has been observed for
many, many years-today is the occasion of the third year we've observed after it
was abandoned during the Pol Pot time and the years thereafter then. I hope this
celebration lasts forever. I'm very happy to see so many people in our country from
so many nations around the world."
Pol Kan, Prey Veng
"My main purpose in coming to the Water Festival this year is to compete in
the boat race, and I hope we win. I sometimes feel happy for my country and sometimes
I worry, but today I am enjoying this festival very much."
Kim Sara, Kien Svay
"I am enjoying the Water Festival this year very much, with the boat races and
the music and all the people. It's very encouraging to see this festival revived.
It cheers the people up."
Kim Linna, Phnom Penh
"I am pleased to be here at the Water Festival, where all the people are happy
with the traditions and the Tiger beer flows abundantly."
Nim Nary, Phnom Penh
"I enjoy Cambodian traditional festivals very much. It's great to see so many
people enjoying themselves today. I am serving many drinks to the guests of my company
here at the festival."