No hooks, lines or sinkers: Cambodians go traditional in fishing ceremony

Choam Krovean – Wielding handmade bamboo baskets and nylon nets, hundreds of people waded thigh-deep into a muddy lake in eastern Cambodia on Sunday for an annual fish-catching ceremony where only traditional tools are used.

The ceremony is held each year in eastern Tboung Khmum province after the crop harvest to commemorate the country’s proud fishing history, said local chief Uch Yoeun.

The event – held in Choam Korvean commune, about 250 kilometres from the capital Phnom Penh – attracts hundreds of farmers from surrounding villages.

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