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Kampong Thom to host Sankranta

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Bun Rany, president of the Cambodian Red Cross, prays at a ceremony at Sambor Prei Kuk temple last year. AKP

Kampong Thom provincial authorities will host “Sambor Prei Kuk Sankranta” at the Sambor Prei Kuk historical site in Prasat Sambour district’s Sambor commune from April 13 to 15 to celebrate the Khmer New Year and promote Cambodian culture, civilisation, traditional customs and world heritage.

Sok Lou, governor of Kampong Thom province, said the provincial administration, relevant authorities and youth volunteers would organise the event, which would include popular games, concerts, art shows and many more programmes.

The event is being staged to provide an opportunity for youths, tourists and the Cambodian public to visit and explore the prosperity of Cambodia since ancient times, as well as to promote Cambodian culture, traditions and world heritage.

“We have organised there four times already because the Sambor Prei Kuk temple is listed as a World Heritage Site. We put on this event for people to enjoy the Khmer New Year. We will try to arrange it well to welcome more tourists,” he said.

According to Mr Lou, more than 100,000 international and national visitors are expected at the event.

On Friday, provincial authorities, the Union of Youth Federations of Cambodia and many people held a religious ceremony to pray for happiness during the event.

Chum Buntha, a resident of Kompong Thom province, expects that provincial authorities will make this year’s event bigger than ever.

“I hope that the Sambor Prei Kuk Sankranta this year will be bigger than previous years, because our country has peace, safety and prosperity,” he said.

In addition to Kampong Thom province, other provinces such as Pursat, Siem Reap, Kampong Speu, Prey Veng, Banteay Meanchey, Svay Rieng and Koh Kong will also host the Angkor Sankranta event.

Hun Many, chairman of the Angkor Sankranta 2018 Organizing Committee and UYFC president, said last week that Angkor Sankranta 2018 will be held from April 13 to 16 in Siem Reap province’s Angkor Archaeological Park.

The event aimed to join with the government in preserving the art, culture and traditions of the Khmer people, he added.

There are plans to display a giant Hanuman mask and the longest-ever Cambodian scarf at the event, which will also have more than 30 entertainment programmes, according to Mr Many.

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