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Immerse in Heritage, Celebrate Harmony: Discover the Ancient Art of Khmer Fishing at Boeung Kroam’s Annual Ceremony

by Surya Narayan
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The Memot district in Tbong Khmum province is set to host a significant cultural event, a traditional fishing ceremony at Boeung Kroam Lake. This ceremony is scheduled for February 17, 2024, and is a testament to the region’s commitment to preserving its ancient ancestral heritage.

Each year in February, the Boeung Kroam traditional fishing ceremony takes place. It’s a unique event that honors the legacy of ancestral fishing methods. Participants use traditional fishing tools like woven baskets and nets, known locally as Angrot, Chhneang, Trak, and Klus. These tools represent a time-honored fishing tradition that has been passed down through generations.

The Boeung Kroam area, encompassing about 30 hectares with a 1-hectare lake, plays a crucial role in this event. The local authorities have imposed restrictions on fishing in this lake throughout the year. This conservation effort ensures an abundant fish population, preserving the lake’s natural ecosystem and maintaining its role as the centerpiece of the annual ceremony.

The Memot District Administration has announced that the event on Saturday, February 17, 2024, will begin at 9:00 a.m. in Boeung Trapeang Kram, Choam Kravien Commune, Memot District. The ceremony will be graced by the presence of Dr. Cheam Chan Sophoan, Governor of Tbong Khmum province, underscoring the event’s importance.

Khmer traditional fishing is not just a method of harvesting fish but a cultural practice deeply ingrained in Cambodia’s history. This practice reflects the harmonious relationship between the people and their natural environment. The techniques used, like the Angrot and Chhneang, are more than just fishing tools; they are symbols of a sustainable approach to living with nature. These methods, passed down through generations, showcase a deep understanding of the aquatic ecosystem and a commitment to preserving it.

The traditional fishing ceremony at Boeung Kroam Lake is not only a celebration of this ancient art but also an educational experience, offering insights into a way of life that prioritizes ecological balance and cultural heritage.

Source: Khmer Times

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