Conventional Oxcart Races Held for Khmer New Year

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Members and coordinators said they needed to bring issues to light of the custom in the expectation it could be protected for future ages as Cambodian cultivating turns out to be progressively automated. 

PHNOM PENH — 

Many oxcart racers and spectators assembled in the dry rice fields of Kampong Speu area’s Samroang Tong locale on Sunday for Cambodia’s yearly new year oxcart races. 

The three-day occasion included many contenders and is held every year to stamp the finish of the rice collecting season. 

Members and coordinators said they needed to bring issues to light of the custom in the expectation it could be safeguarded for future ages as Cambodian cultivating turns out to be progressively automated.



Numerous ranchers in Cambodia keep on depending on customary techniques including oxes and furrows, however more ranchers are receiving present day farming strategies and devices. Sroy Samreth, 37, from Roka Koh cooperative in Kong Pisey area, said he trusted his support in the race would attract regard for conventional cultivating rehearses. 

“This is to save conventions. We use cows and oxcarts in our cultivating. We typically praise this race for Khmer New Year,” he stated, including that customary cultivating strategies were more productive than utilizing present day apparatus. 


“I don’t care for utilizing trucks since it’s not productive. We can utilize cow squander for manure, it enables things to develop and gives back advantages,” he included. “Trucks don’t give future benefits. A couple of years in the wake of utilizing it, everything we can do is offer it for scrap metal.”


Inclining toward close-by oxcart, another racer, Seth Pearun, hangs tight stick close by for his turn. The 45-year-old rancher likewise explains the advantages of customary cultivating and the significance of dairy cattle in Cambodian farming life. 

“I grew up with bovines, after school, I dealt with them, my dad was a merchant and I adore dairy animals,” he said. 

Truly oxcarts were generally utilized in Cambodia for transport, however present day innovation has to a great extent supplanted the oxcart. 

Kampong Speu’s agent representative, Sar Soputhra, said the races, held every year in the course of recent years in the region, were imperative to advancing customary culture in the region. 


“The oxcart dashing today reflects both advancement and great safeguarding of Cambodian culture from an earlier time,” he said. “Despite the fact that numerous ranchers utilize hand crafted trucks and machines, there are still ranchers who use oxcarts and dairy animals.”



As the race proceeded, several members watched the race under the swealtering sun. 

Thieng Sambo, 32, who came to see the race with her two kids and nieces, said “it’s fun and fascinating to see the oxcart race contrasted with different races.” 

She included that huge numbers of townspeople in close-by Rolaing Kroeul collective still use oxcarts and dairy animals for cultivating. 


“Presently, a few people swing to utilize natively constructed trucks for furrowing their ranches, however there are some who still use bovines,” she said. Utilizing customary rice development techniques creates more roughage to bolster the cows, she stated, contrasted with utilizing hardware.

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