Traditional Oxcart Races Held for Khmer New Year

Phnom Penh – Hundreds of oxcart racers and onlookers gathered in the parched rice fields of Kampong Speu province’s Samroang Tong district on Sunday for Cambodia’s annual new year oxcart races.

The three-day event included dozens of competitors and is held each year to mark the end of the rice harvesting season.

Participants and organizers said they wanted to raise awareness of the tradition in the hope it could be preserved for future generations as Cambodian farming becomes more mechanized.

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