The Ok-Om-Bok festival officially received the title of ‘National Intangible Cultural Heritage’ at a ceremony held at Ba Om Pond historic national site on November 6.
The ceremony was attended by representative, leaders from Tra Vinh provincial People’s Committee, provincial People’s Council and bonzes from 142 Khmer temples in the province, along with visitors across the country.
Ok-Om-Bok, a moon worshipping ritual performed by the Khmer ethnic group, is one of the three main festivals they celebrate every year. The Khmer traditionally believe the moon is a God who controls the weather and crops throughout the year.
The festival takes place at full moon in the 10th lunar month. On this occasion, the local residents provide offerings to show their gratitude for the God for giving them good weather conditions and fruitful harvests.
The festival features a number of entertainment opportunities, including art performances, traditional sports challenges and folk games.