Monday, November 22, 2010

Cambodians gear up for annual Water Festival

Phnom Penh is gearing up for its annual Water Festival, the biggest event of the year that will see at least two million people descend on the capital to watch the boat races on the river.

The taxis, trucks and minibuses have been rolling into Phnom Penh for days and they will keep coming ahead of Cambodia’s biggest event, which starts on Sunday and ends next Tuesday.

At least two million people are expected, temporarily doubling Phnom Penh’s population.

Among them are the racing crews for more than 400 longboats from across Cambodia, here to compete in a festival that marks a 12th century naval victory.

These are not your average canoe: Each one requires up to 70 men or women to paddle.

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