Water Festival (Bon Om Touk) started yesterday. It last 3 days and one of the big Holidays. This holiday is celebrated to mark the end of the rainy season and the reversal of the flow of the Tonle Sap River. Yes, that is right the River flows two ways depending on what time of year it is. It is actually pretty cool.
During the Festival there are boat races, fireworks and concerts. Most holidays last 3 days and it is not uncommon for people to take a day before and a day after off of work, too.
This is the first year day had it since the 2010 Stampede, which over 340 people died and upwards of 744 injured. The Stampede occurred on a bridge where people were watching the end of the Festival shows. Too many people were on the bridge and they were pushing on each side and cause the people in the middle to fall down and crushed. There were lots of speculation about what happened. There were reports of electrocution and suffocation as the causes of death. There were wired lights on the bridge and some were pulled down.
There are reports of record low attendance this year, which is understandable. We are not going to the festivity. We are just watching it on television. I have a little one that likes to run off and explore and I don't need to have a nervous break down trying to keep her with the family. It is just too crowded at the river.
Here are some pictures I got from the internet. I wish I can give you my views but we will be missing the fun. :)