Ministry of Culture, Sports and Tourism has named a recognition of the Ok-Om-Bok festival as the 4th national intangible cultural heritage of the southern Tra Vinh province.
Tra Vinh is currently home to 320,000 ethnic Khmer, accounting for 32 percent of the province’s total population. During the moon worshipping festival, Ba Om pond cultural relic site attracts thousands of local inhabitants and tourists.
As known, Ok-Om-Bok festival, a moon worshipping ritual of the Khmer ethnic group, is one of the three main festivals they celebrate every year. The Khmer believe the moon is a God who controls the weather and crops throughout the year. The festival will take place at full moon in the 10th lunar month.
The local residents expects to show their gratitude for the God for giving them good weather conditions and fruitful harvests. Each village organizes their own festival in the courtyards of their local pagodas, while the large provincial festival is held at Ba Om pond cultural relic site. The festival features a number of entertainment opportunities, including art performances, traditional sports challenges and folk games.