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Cambodia: Thousands throng to riverside as races start
2008-11-12 22:59:49counter(0)  Writer:***   字体:A+ A-
Written by Post Staff   
Wednesday, 12 November 2008
Photo by: AFP
Dragon boat racers power their vessels down the Tonle Sap Tuesday as the first day of Water Festival racing got under way.

Celebrations make treasured memories for participants, spectators

FOR 48-year-old Veu Mai, Tuesday's trip to Phnom Penh was her first trip to the capital since she was a child.

"During previous Water Festivals, I saw a lot of people who came to visit Phnom Penh," she said. "So I saved my money for nearly a year to visit myself this time."

Like millions of others, the Siem Reap province native helped kicked off Cambodia's largest-ever Water Festival celebration with a day full of revelry and even a public appearance by King Norodom Sihamoni, who late in the afternoon took centre stage with a host of other Cambodian notables, including Prime Minister Hun Sen, to toast the thousands of boatmen who have helped make this one of the Kingdom's most famous attractions.

"I am really happy when I see so many people," Veu Mai said.


Leading News

Party in the streets is just beginning
WHAT started as a trickle of people over the weekend by Tuesday night had become a mass of tens of thousands of mostly homeless - at least temporarily - Cambodians.
Vendors say restrictions hurt sales
Traditionally a boom time for crafts sellers from the provinces, this year's festival have proven a bust
Groups use festival as forum against violence
ANTI-DOMESTIC violence groups have taken their message to the streets this Water Festival, with hundreds of motodops and cyclos touring bustling Phnom Penh with T-shirts and hats promoting "happy families".
RIVER VIEWS...   Visitors have their say
We've come to Cambodia three years in a row for the Water Festival. There's a great atmosphere. There are so many different nationalities and everyone is mixing happily together.
Leaders reflect on top cop
After a memorial service Tuesday, leaders disagree on the legacy of former National Police Chief Hok Lundy, who died in a helicopter crash Sunday
Hok Lundy boat wins early heats at festival
WATER festival boats sponsored by the former National Police Chief Hok Lundy, who was killed in a weekend helicopter crash, and RCAF General Sok Saem, who died alongside Cambodia's top cop
Cambodian, Thai FMs to meet today over border
Talks earlier this week have made only little progress towards resolving the prolonged standoff over disputed territory
Lacking qualified teachers and working to help their families survive, many young Jarai are losing touch with their mother tongue
AN annual Asia-wide lecture tour promoting freedom of expression touched down Monday in Phnom Penh, providing students and journalists with a chance to compare levels of expression in their home country with those across Asia and Europe.
Royal touch
King Norodom Sihamoni greets crowds of students expressing reverence Tuesday morning at the Independence Monument, where he presided over
Workers hit hard by construction slump
One-third of construction workers laid off, union official says, as building boom grinds to halt amid global economic crisis
MEAS Samoun hasn't had much to show for almost a decade of toiling in the construction sector. But at least he had enough to keep his family fed and his children in school.


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