Buffalo race, revival of age-old tradition in Cambodia

Kandal – With their heads and horns covered in sparkling decorations, water buffalos were raced here at Vihear Sour pagoda on Tuesday in a bid to preserve the almost a century old tradition.

The race is part of a ceremony hosted by residents in Vihear Sour village to mark the end of the Pchum Ben festival, or the Ancestors’ Day.

At the annual event, racers rode their buffalos up and down a 450-meter narrow dirt track, which was flanked by thousands of avid spectators.

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