Traditional buffalo race attracts crowds of spectators in Cambodia

Kandal – More than a thousand of local visitors flocked to the Vihear Sour pagoda here on Saturday to enjoy the water buffalo race, an annual event to mark the end of the Pchum Ben festival, or the Ancestors’ Day.

With their heads adorned with colorful masks, water buffalos were raced along a 450-meter stretch of road leading to the pagoda, where crowds of audience were watching and using their smartphones to capture the moments of the race.

Mey Chheang Heng, head of the buffalo racing committee, said the tradition of buffalo race at the pagoda has existed since the 1920s, aiming at celebrating the Pchum Ben festival.

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