(Cinet) –Tra Vinh Provincial People’s Committee had Document to send to the MOCST for recognizing Ok-Om-Bok festival, a moon worshipping ritual of the Khmer ethnic minority group, as a national intangible cultural heritage.The event takes place on the 15th day of the 10th lunar month – when it changes from the rainy season to the dry season.
Ok Om Bok is one of the three main festivals that the Khmer celebrate every year. In their religious beliefs, the moon is the god managing the weather and crops during the year. It is a traditional religious custom of Khmer people in Tra Vinh in particular and Southern Khmer people in general. Ok Om Bok festival is an intangible cultural heritage which shows community identity and has been continued for generations to preserve and promote.
Each village organises the festival in the yard of a local pagoda, while the whole province’s festival is held at Ba Om pond.
At night, when the moon rises, locals give their worship offerings, which are usually agricultural products they have just harvested such as rice, banana and sugarcane. This shows their gratitude when they pray for favourable weather conditions and bumper harvests.
Tra Vinh Department of Culture, Sport and Tourism cooperated with Cau Ngang district People’s Committee solemnly held a ceremony to receive title National Intangible Cultural Heritage for My Long sea worship (based on Decision 3820/QĐ-BVHTTDL dated on October 31, 2013 of Ministry of Culture, Sport and Tourism).