Sunday, November 25, 2007

Bon Oum Touk Festival Announcement

Happy Bon Oum Touk Khmer
Ork Om Bok, Sompeah Preah Khae
Bon Daet Preah Tip,

During this precious and traditional Khmer celebration of Bon Oum Touk (boat racing), Ork Ombok Sompeah Preah Khae (offering and worshiping the moon), and Bondaet Preah Tip (lantern festival), Cambodian-American Buddhist Association of Hawaii (CABAH) cordially would like to invite members, guests and general public come to participate this precious occasion.

Date: Sunday, November 25, 2007
Time: 9:30AM to 1:30AM
Location: Address:

Kealohanui St
Waialua, HI 96791

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  • Bon Oum Touk or boat racing festival of Cambodia, in some historic account said that it has originally been celebrated since the reign of King Jayavarman VII. There are many sculptures on the wall of Bayon temple depicted the festival of this boat racing. Significant remarks of this festival are: to remembrance and admire the powerful force of Khmer navy, to remark the water receding which is flowing from Tonle Sab to the ocean, and to entertain Cambodian farmers after hard work in farms is ended.
  • Ork Ombok, Sompeah Preah Khae or offering ritual of the Ombok rice to the moon in order to worship the Bodhisattava (Buddhahood) who legendarily sacrificed His life to feed an old hungry man when He was born as a rabbit. So the sign-like rabbit in the moon that we can see clearly during full moon night is the Buddhistsattava according to Cambodians' traditional belief.
  • Bon Bondaet Preah Tip or lantern floating festival is to pay gratitude and thank to the water as well as to worship the Buddha's teeth relic buried in the Naga's land.

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