His Majesty Presides Over the First Day of Water Festival

image016His Majesty Norodom Sihamoni, King of Cambodia, presided over here this afternoon Water Festival, along image019with National Assembly President Samdech Akka Moha Ponhea Chakrei Heng Samrin, Prime Minister Samdech Akka Moha Sena Padei Techo Hun Sen, senators, lawmakers, senior government officials as image022well as foreign diplomats to Cambodia.
Boat racing, one of the biggest events of the image006ceremony, began at 11:00 am with 125 pairs of boats for 1,700-meter distance, along the Tonle Sap River.
According to the Committee for Organizing National and image011International Festivals, the celebration has been attended by 248 boats and some 17,420 boat rowers.
The number of this year’s boats is less than 2010’s, some 179 boats, said the committee.
image012Besides boat racing, 10 illuminated boats from public institutions including Royal Palace, Senate, National Assembly, Government, Ministry of Justice, Ministry of National Defense, Ministry of image026Interior, Ministry of Commerce, Ministry of Tourism, and the Phnom Penh Municipality, are image030expected to join in the image028festival, starting from this evening until Friday, image031together with setting off image029the fireworks.

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