According to the National Committee for Organizing National and International Festivals, His Majesty Norodom Sihamoni, King of Cambodia, will preside over the ceremony, which marks the beginning of the crop planting season in Cambodia.
H.E. Phay Bunchhoeun, Governor of Kandal province, will guide the royal oxen and plough around the Royal Field, while his spouse will walk behind scattering seeds in the furrowed earth.
The Royal Plowing ceremony is generally held at the open square of Veal Preah Mehru in front of the National Museum in Phnom Penh, but last year, it took place in Kampong Cham province and this year in Kandal province.
According to the tradition, the ceremony is annually celebrated to predict the upcoming distribution of rainfall, thus rice harvesting, in the country through the oxen’s appetite of paddy, corn, bean, grass, sesame, water, and wine.