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The Royal Ploughing Ceremony kicks off the year’s rice planting season for Cambodia’s farmers. Cambodians believe the ceremony can account for events like floods, bumper crops, famine, and illness.

The Ceremony takes place at the capital’s at the Veal Preahmein Square near the Palace. Here, royal representatives lead sacred cows yoked to a plough, circling the field three times.


The procession ends at a shrine where, after the gods are called to protect the harvest, the cows are led to seven trays containing foodstuffs like rice, corn, sesame seeds, grass, beans, wine, and water. Predictions will be made depending on what the cows eat from the trays.

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