Svay Rieng (FN), April 2 - The Royal Ploughing ceremony, or Pithi Chrat Preah Neang Korl in Khmer, will be held on May 3, 2018, in Svay Rieng Province under the highest patronage of His Majesty King Norodom Sihamoni, expecting 20,000 visitors.

The Ceremony will be attended by Cambodian Senate President Say Chhum, President of the National Assembly Heng Samrin, Cambodian Prime Minister Hun Sen and Prime Minister Hun Sen’s wife, Bun Rany as well as other senior government officials.

Traditionally, Pithi Chrat Pheah Neang Korl marks the beginning of the rainy season in Cambodia.

The Ceremony is held to predict the weather, epidemics and farming conditions. By observing what seeds the royal oxen chose, Cambodians believe they can predict a range of events including types of prospered agricultural harvests, epidemics, or frequents of rain.