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Pchum Ben festival’s buffalo race

Thousands of Cambodians descended on the small village of Vihear Suor (Kandal Province) on October 4 to cheer on the annual water buffalo race that marks the end of the 15-day festival for the dead (Pchum Ben), the most important Cambodian religious event.

The race, that has very ancient roots, is organised for the entertainment of the spirits who have come to Earth during the Pchum Ben and is also be followed by wrestling and khmer boxe matches.


04/10/2013 - Vihear Suor (Kandal - Cambodia). Villagers of Vihear Suor celebrate the Pchum Ben in the local pagoda. Pchum Ben (Ancestors' Day) is the most important religious festival in Cambodia and it is the occasion in which people pay their respects to deceased relatives offering foods. © Thomas Cristofoletti / Ruom.
04/10/2013 – Vihear Suor (Kandal – Cambodia). Villagers of Vihear Suor celebrate the Pchum Ben in the local pagoda. Pchum Ben (Ancestors’ Day) is the most important religious festival in Cambodia and it is the occasion in which people pay their respects to deceased relatives offering foods. © Thomas Cristofoletti / Ruom 2013.
04/10/2013 - Vihear Suor (Kandal - Cambodia). Villagers of Vihear Suor celebrate the Pchum Ben in the local pagoda. Pchum Ben (Ancestors' Day) is the most important religious festival in Cambodia and it is the occasion in which people pay their respects to deceased relatives offering foods. © Thomas Cristofoletti / Ruom.
04/10/2013 – Vihear Suor (Kandal – Cambodia). Villagers of Vihear Suor celebrate the Pchum Ben in the local pagoda. Pchum Ben (Ancestors’ Day) is the most important religious festival in Cambodia and it is the occasion in which people pay their respects to deceased relatives offering foods. © Thomas Cristofoletti / Ruom 2013.
04/10/2013 - Vihear Suor (Kandal - Cambodia). Villagers of Vihear Suor celebrate the Pchum Ben in the local pagoda. Pchum Ben (Ancestors' Day) is the most important religious festival in Cambodia and it is the occasion in which people pay their respects to deceased relatives offering foods. © Thomas Cristofoletti / Ruom.
04/10/2013 – Vihear Suor (Kandal – Cambodia). Villagers of Vihear Suor celebrate the Pchum Ben in the local pagoda. Pchum Ben (Ancestors’ Day) is the most important religious festival in Cambodia and it is the occasion in which people pay their respects to deceased relatives offering foods. © Thomas Cristofoletti / Ruom 2013.
04/10/2013 - Vihear Suor (Kandal - Cambodia). Villagers of Vihear Suor celebrate the Pchum Ben in the local pagoda. Pchum Ben (Ancestors' Day) is the most important religious festival in Cambodia and it is the occasion in which people pay their respects to deceased relatives offering foods. © Thomas Cristofoletti / Ruom.
04/10/2013 – Vihear Suor (Kandal – Cambodia). Villagers of Vihear Suor celebrate the Pchum Ben in the local pagoda. Pchum Ben (Ancestors’ Day) is the most important religious festival in Cambodia and it is the occasion in which people pay their respects to deceased relatives offering foods. © Thomas Cristofoletti / Ruom 2013.
04/10/2013 - Vihear Suor (Kandal - Cambodia). Chap Linch (25), starts preparing his horse minutes before the beginning of the annual races held as part of the Festival of the Dead (Pchum Ben) in the small village of Vihear Suor.© Thomas Cristofoletti / Ruom.
04/10/2013 – Vihear Suor (Kandal – Cambodia). Chap Linch (25), starts preparing his horse minutes before the beginning of the annual races held as part of the Festival of the Dead (Pchum Ben) in the small village of Vihear Suor.© Thomas Cristofoletti / Ruom 2013.
04/10/2013 - Vihear Suor (Kandal - Cambodia). Chap Linch (25), cleans his horse minutes before the beginning of the annual races held as part of the Festival of the Dead (Pchum Ben) in the small village of Vihear Suor.© Thomas Cristofoletti / Ruom.
04/10/2013 – Vihear Suor (Kandal – Cambodia). Chap Linch (25), cleans his horse minutes before the beginning of the annual races held as part of the Festival of the Dead (Pchum Ben) in the small village of Vihear Suor.© Thomas Cristofoletti / Ruom 2013.
04/10/2013 - Vihear Suor (Kandal - Cambodia). Chap Linch (25), cleans his horse minutes before the beginning of the annual races held as part of the Festival of the Dead (Pchum Ben) in the small village of Vihear Suor.© Thomas Cristofoletti / Ruom.
04/10/2013 – Vihear Suor (Kandal – Cambodia). Chap Linch (25), cleans his horse minutes before the beginning of the annual races held as part of the Festival of the Dead (Pchum Ben) in the small village of Vihear Suor.© Thomas Cristofoletti / Ruom 2013.
04/10/2013 - Vihear Suor (Kandal - Cambodia). Chap Linch (25), helps his neighbor to decorate his water buffalo before the beginning of the annual races held as part of the Festival of the Dead (Pchum Ben) in the small village of Vihear Suor.© Thomas Cristofoletti / Ruom.
04/10/2013 – Vihear Suor (Kandal – Cambodia). Chap Linch (25), helps his neighbor to decorate his water buffalo before the beginning of the annual races held as part of the Festival of the Dead (Pchum Ben) in the small village of Vihear Suor.© Thomas Cristofoletti / Ruom 2013.
04/10/2013 - Vihear Suor (Kandal - Cambodia). Chap Linch (25), helps his neighbor to decorate his water buffalo before the beginning of the annual races held as part of the Festival of the Dead (Pchum Ben) in the small village of Vihear Suor.© Thomas Cristofoletti / Ruom.
04/10/2013 – Vihear Suor (Kandal – Cambodia). Chap Linch (25), helps his neighbor to decorate his water buffalo before the beginning of the annual races held as part of the Festival of the Dead (Pchum Ben) in the small village of Vihear Suor.© Thomas Cristofoletti / Ruom 2013.
04/10/2013 - Vihear Suor (Kandal - Cambodia). A man cleans his horse minutes before the beginning of the annual races held as part of the Festival of the Dead (Pchum Ben) in the small village of Vihear Suor.© Thomas Cristofoletti / Ruom.
04/10/2013 – Vihear Suor (Kandal – Cambodia). A man cleans his horse minutes before the beginning of the annual races held as part of the Festival of the Dead (Pchum Ben) in the small village of Vihear Suor.© Thomas Cristofoletti / Ruom 2013.
04/10/2013 - Vihear Suor (Kandal - Cambodia).  Horses are prepared minutes before the beginning of the annual races held as part of the Festival of the Dead (Pchum Ben) in the small village of Vihear Suor.© Thomas Cristofoletti / Ruom.
04/10/2013 – Vihear Suor (Kandal – Cambodia). Horses are prepared minutes before the beginning of the annual races held as part of the Festival of the Dead (Pchum Ben) in the small village of Vihear Suor.© Thomas Cristofoletti / Ruom 2013.
04/10/2013 - Vihear Suor (Kandal - Cambodia). Horse riders during the annual races held as part of the Festival of the Dead (Pchum Ben) in the small village of Vihear Suor. © Thomas Cristofoletti / Ruom.
04/10/2013 – Vihear Suor (Kandal – Cambodia). Horse riders during the annual races held as part of the Festival of the Dead (Pchum Ben) in the small village of Vihear Suor. © Thomas Cristofoletti / Ruom 2013.
04/10/2013 - Vihear Suor (Kandal - Cambodia). Horse riders compete during the annual races held as part of the Festival of the Dead (Pchum Ben) in the small village of Vihear Suor. © Thomas Cristofoletti / Ruom.
04/10/2013 – Vihear Suor (Kandal – Cambodia). Horse riders compete during the annual races held as part of the Festival of the Dead (Pchum Ben) in the small village of Vihear Suor. © Thomas Cristofoletti / Ruom 2013.
04/10/2013 - Vihear Suor (Kandal - Cambodia). Thousands of people gather to watch the annual races held as part of the Festival of the Dead (Pchum Ben) in the small village of Vihear Suor. © Thomas Cristofoletti / Ruom.
04/10/2013 – Vihear Suor (Kandal – Cambodia). Thousands of people gather to watch the annual races held as part of the Festival of the Dead (Pchum Ben) in the small village of Vihear Suor. © Thomas Cristofoletti / Ruom 2013.
04/10/2013 - Vihear Suor (Kandal - Cambodia). A buffalo rider compete during the annual races held as part of the Festival of the Dead (Pchum Ben) in the small village of Vihear Suor. © Thomas Cristofoletti / Ruom.
04/10/2013 – Vihear Suor (Kandal – Cambodia). A buffalo rider compete during the annual races held as part of the Festival of the Dead (Pchum Ben) in the small village of Vihear Suor. © Thomas Cristofoletti / Ruom 2013.
04/10/2013 - Vihear Suor (Kandal - Cambodia). Buffalo riders compete during the annual races held as part of the Festival of the Dead (Pchum Ben) in the small village of Vihear Suor. © Thomas Cristofoletti / Ruom.
04/10/2013 – Vihear Suor (Kandal – Cambodia). Buffalo riders compete during the annual races held as part of the Festival of the Dead (Pchum Ben) in the small village of Vihear Suor. © Thomas Cristofoletti / Ruom 2013.
04/10/2013 - Vihear Suor (Kandal - Cambodia). A horse rider competes during the annual races held as part of the Festival of the Dead (Pchum Ben) in the small village of Vihear Suor. © Thomas Cristofoletti / Ruom.
04/10/2013 – Vihear Suor (Kandal – Cambodia). A horse rider competes during the annual races held as part of the Festival of the Dead (Pchum Ben) in the small village of Vihear Suor. © Thomas Cristofoletti / Ruom 2013.
04/10/2013 - Vihear Suor (Kandal - Cambodia). A buffalo rider compete during the annual races held as part of the Festival of the Dead (Pchum Ben) in the small village of Vihear Suor. © Thomas Cristofoletti / Ruom.
04/10/2013 – Vihear Suor (Kandal – Cambodia). A buffalo rider compete during the annual races held as part of the Festival of the Dead (Pchum Ben) in the small village of Vihear Suor. © Thomas Cristofoletti / Ruom 2013.
04/10/2013 - Vihear Suor (Kandal - Cambodia). A horse rider compete during the annual races held as part of the Festival of the Dead (Pchum Ben) in the small village of Vihear Suor. © Thomas Cristofoletti / Ruom.
04/10/2013 – Vihear Suor (Kandal – Cambodia). A horse rider compete during the annual races held as part of the Festival of the Dead (Pchum Ben) in the small village of Vihear Suor. © Thomas Cristofoletti / Ruom 2013.
04/10/2013 - Vihear Suor (Kandal - Cambodia). Horse riders compete during the annual races held as part of the Festival of the Dead (Pchum Ben) in the small village of Vihear Suor. © Thomas Cristofoletti / Ruom.
04/10/2013 – Vihear Suor (Kandal – Cambodia). Horse riders compete during the annual races held as part of the Festival of the Dead (Pchum Ben) in the small village of Vihear Suor. © Thomas Cristofoletti / Ruom 2013.
04/10/2013 - Vihear Suor (Kandal - Cambodia). A horse rider compete during the annual races held as part of the Festival of the Dead (Pchum Ben) in the small village of Vihear Suor. © Thomas Cristofoletti / Ruom.
04/10/2013 – Vihear Suor (Kandal – Cambodia). A horse rider compete during the annual races held as part of the Festival of the Dead (Pchum Ben) in the small village of Vihear Suor. © Thomas Cristofoletti / Ruom 2013.
04/10/2013 - Vihear Suor (Kandal - Cambodia). Buffalo riders compete during the annual races held as part of the Festival of the Dead (Pchum Ben) in the small village of Vihear Suor. © Thomas Cristofoletti / Ruom.
04/10/2013 – Vihear Suor (Kandal – Cambodia). Buffalo riders compete during the annual races held as part of the Festival of the Dead (Pchum Ben) in the small village of Vihear Suor. © Thomas Cristofoletti / Ruom 2013.
04/10/2013 - Vihear Suor (Kandal - Cambodia). Horse riders compete during the annual races held as part of the Festival of the Dead (Pchum Ben) in the small village of Vihear Suor. © Thomas Cristofoletti / Ruom.
04/10/2013 – Vihear Suor (Kandal – Cambodia). Horse riders compete during the annual races held as part of the Festival of the Dead (Pchum Ben) in the small village of Vihear Suor. © Thomas Cristofoletti / Ruom 2013.
04/10/2013 - Vihear Suor (Kandal - Cambodia). Cambodians compete in a Khmer wrestling match during the annual Pchum Ben (Festival of the Dead) held in the small village of VIhear Suor. © Thomas Cristofoletti / Ruom.
04/10/2013 – Vihear Suor (Kandal – Cambodia). Cambodians compete in a Khmer wrestling match during the annual Pchum Ben (Festival of the Dead) held in the small village of VIhear Suor. © Thomas Cristofoletti / Ruom 2013.
04/10/2013 - Vihear Suor (Kandal - Cambodia). Cambodians compete in a Khmer wrestling match during the annual Pchum Ben (Festival of the Dead) held in the small village of VIhear Suor. © Thomas Cristofoletti / Ruom.
04/10/2013 – Vihear Suor (Kandal – Cambodia). Cambodians compete in a Khmer wrestling match during the annual Pchum Ben (Festival of the Dead) held in the small village of VIhear Suor. © Thomas Cristofoletti / Ruom 2013.
04/10/2013 - Vihear Suor (Kandal - Cambodia). Cambodians compete in a Khmer wrestling match during the annual Pchum Ben (Festival of the Dead) held in the small village of VIhear Suor. © Thomas Cristofoletti / Ruom.
04/10/2013 – Vihear Suor (Kandal – Cambodia). Cambodians compete in a Khmer wrestling match during the annual Pchum Ben (Festival of the Dead) held in the small village of VIhear Suor. © Thomas Cristofoletti / Ruom 2013.
04/10/2013 - Vihear Suor (Kandal - Cambodia). Cambodians compete in a Khmer wrestling match during the annual Pchum Ben (Festival of the Dead) held in the small village of VIhear Suor. © Thomas Cristofoletti / Ruom.
04/10/2013 – Vihear Suor (Kandal – Cambodia). Cambodians compete in a Khmer wrestling match during the annual Pchum Ben (Festival of the Dead) held in the small village of VIhear Suor. © Thomas Cristofoletti / Ruom 2013.
04/10/2013 - Vihear Suor (Kandal - Cambodia). Cambodians compete in a Khmer wrestling match during the annual Pchum Ben (Festival of the Dead) held in the small village of VIhear Suor. © Thomas Cristofoletti / Ruom.
04/10/2013 – Vihear Suor (Kandal – Cambodia). Cambodians compete in a Khmer wrestling match during the annual Pchum Ben (Festival of the Dead) held in the small village of VIhear Suor. © Thomas Cristofoletti / Ruom 2013.
04/10/2013 - Vihear Suor (Kandal - Cambodia). Cambodians compete in a Khmer wrestling match during the annual Pchum Ben (Festival of the Dead) held in the small village of VIhear Suor. © Thomas Cristofoletti / Ruom.
04/10/2013 – Vihear Suor (Kandal – Cambodia). Cambodians compete in a Khmer wrestling match during the annual Pchum Ben (Festival of the Dead) held in the small village of VIhear Suor. © Thomas Cristofoletti / Ruom 2013.
04/10/2013 - Vihear Suor (Kandal - Cambodia). Cambodians compete in a Khmer wrestling match during the annual Pchum Ben (Festival of the Dead) held in the small village of VIhear Suor. © Thomas Cristofoletti / Ruom.
04/10/2013 – Vihear Suor (Kandal – Cambodia). Cambodians compete in a Khmer wrestling match during the annual Pchum Ben (Festival of the Dead) held in the small village of VIhear Suor. © Thomas Cristofoletti / Ruom 2013.

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Opposition leader Sam Rainsy starts his campaign through Cambodia

After 4 years of self-exile and with just one week left before the elections, CNRP (Cambodia National Rescue Party) leader Sam Rainsy starts a seven days campaign tour travelling through 15 of Cambodia’s 24 provinces.

I followed Rainsy (and vice president Kem Sokha) for 2 days together with Cambodia Daily‘s journalists Phorn Bopha and Zsombor Peter in Kompong Speu, Takeo, Kampot and Sihanoukville.

You can read the related articles on the Cambodia Daily’s website:

  • Rainsy Takes Election Campaign to Rural Cambodia
  • Rainsy Faces Uphill Battle in Rural Provinces

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    Hundreds of supporters cheer the return of the opposition leader, Sam Rainsy, in a rally organized by the CNRP party in Kompong Speu. 20/07/2013 © Thomas Cristofoletti / Ruom
    Hundreds of supporters cheer the return of the opposition leader, Sam Rainsy, in a rally organized by the CNRP party in Kompong Speu. 20/07/2013 © Thomas Cristofoletti / Ruom 2013
    Opposition vice president Kem Sokha, and the oposition leader, Sam Rainsy, hold a speech in during a rally in Kompong Speu. 20/07/2013 © Thomas Cristofoletti / Ruom
    Opposition vice president Kem Sokha, and the oposition leader, Sam Rainsy, hold a speech in during a rally in Kompong Speu. 20/07/2013 © Thomas Cristofoletti / Ruom 2013
    A parade of CNRP (Cambodia National Rescue Party) supporters through the streets of Kompong Speu. 20/07/2013 © Thomas Cristofoletti / Ruom
    A parade of CNRP (Cambodia National Rescue Party) supporters through the streets of Kompong Speu. 20/07/2013 © Thomas Cristofoletti / Ruom 2013
    Opposition leader Sam Rainsy meets with supporters on Saturday in Takeo province as he embarks on a seven-day campaign tour in which he will speak in 15 of Cambodia’s 24 provinces.  20/07/2013 © Thomas Cristofoletti / Ruom
    Opposition leader Sam Rainsy meets with supporters on Saturday in Takeo province as he embarks on a seven-day campaign tour in which he will speak in 15 of Cambodia’s 24 provinces. 20/07/2013 © Thomas Cristofoletti / Ruom 2013
    CPP (Cambodian People's Party) supporters in a market in Kompong Speu province. 20/07/2013 © Thomas Cristofoletti / Ruom
    CPP (Cambodian People’s Party) supporters in a market in Kompong Speu province. 20/07/2013 © Thomas Cristofoletti / Ruom 2013
    People look with curiosity the arrive of opposition leader, Sam Rainsy, in a market in Kompong Speu province. 20/07/2013 © Thomas Cristofoletti / Ruom
    People look with curiosity the arrive of opposition leader, Sam Rainsy, in a market in Kompong Speu province. 20/07/2013 © Thomas Cristofoletti / Ruom 2013
    Bodyguards of CNRP leader, Sam Rainsy and vice president, Kem Sokha, wait under the rain before (a later cancelled) rally in Kep. 21/07/2013 © Thomas Cristofoletti / Ruom
    Bodyguards of CNRP leader, Sam Rainsy and vice president, Kem Sokha, wait under the rain before (a later cancelled) rally in Kep. 21/07/2013 © Thomas Cristofoletti / Ruom 2013
    Around 3000 people gather under an heavy rain in Kampot City for the rally organized by the CNRP, to listen Opposition Leader, Sam Rainsy, and vice president, Kem Sokha. 21/07/2013 © Thomas Cristofoletti / Ruom
    Around 3000 people gather under an heavy rain in Kampot City for the rally organized by the CNRP, to listen Opposition Leader, Sam Rainsy, and vice president, Kem Sokha. 21/07/2013 © Thomas Cristofoletti / Ruom 2013
    Opposition Leader, Sam Rainsy holds the hand with Kem Sokha, vice president of CNRP during a rally in Kampot city. 21/07/2013 © Thomas Cristofoletti / Ruom
    Opposition Leader, Sam Rainsy holds the hand with Kem Sokha, vice president of CNRP during a rally in Kampot city. 21/07/2013 © Thomas Cristofoletti / Ruom 2013
    CNRP leader, Sam Rainsy visits the central market of Kampot on his second day of campaign for the Cambodian General Election 2013. 21/07/2013 © Thomas Cristofoletti / Ruom
    CNRP leader, Sam Rainsy visits the central market of Kampot on his second day of campaign for the Cambodian General Election 2013. 21/07/2013 © Thomas Cristofoletti / Ruom 2013
    Opposition Leader, Sam Rainsy, cheers the crowd during a rally at the Independence Park of Sihanoukville. 21/07/2013 © Thomas Cristofoletti / Ruom
    Opposition Leader, Sam Rainsy, cheers the crowd during a rally at the Independence Park of Sihanoukville. 21/07/2013 © Thomas Cristofoletti / Ruom 2013

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