The Royal Government Decides to Suspend the Water Festival, Loy Pratip, Sampeas Preah Khe, and Ork Ambok

The Royal Government Decides to Suspend the Water Festival, Loy Pratip, Sampeas Preah Khe, and Ork Ambok

(Phnom Penh): Cambodian Royal Government decided to suspend the celebration of the Water Festival, Loy Pratip, Sampeas Preah Khe, and Ork Ambok 2020, according to a letter of the Office of the Council of Ministers, sent to Samdech Chaufea Veang Kong Sam Ol, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of the Royal Palace and as Chairman of the National Committee for Organizing National and International Festivals. According to a letter of the Office of the Council of Ministers, accepted by Fresh News on 13 August 2020, the decision was made upon the request of the National Committee for Organizing National and International Festivals. In letter, however, was not yet indicated the reason for the suspension of the celebration. Mr. Bou Chum Serey, Officer of the National Committee for Organizing National and International Festivals, told Fresh News that the suspension decision is based on situation of Covid-19 pandemic. The festival will have a lot of gatherings – is in high risks for Covid-19 infection, he said. He expressed “have no matters, but to Covid-19 is very challenging. We are to suspend this ceremony in order to contribute to the prevention to Covid-19 pandemic”. Please be noted that the Water Festival, Loy Pratip, Sampeas Preah Khe, and Ork Ambok has always been celebrated at a long the Tonle Sap Lake, in front of Royal Palace, in the 3 days period, from 14 Kaet, 15 Kaet, and 1 Roch Khe Khekattek which in 2020 will be on 30, 31 October to 01 November at along the Tonle Sap Lake. But the ceremony had also been suspended when Samdech Preah Borom Ratanakoth Norodom Sihanouk passed way, and when Cambodia was facing floods and other social crisis.