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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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