Water festival is two days of cool

July 22, 2012 by  

Every year in the eastern Asian country of Cambodia, throngs of people of all ages take part in a time-honored tradition celebrating a unique natural occurrence. This is the reverse flow between two major Cambodian rivers; the Tonle Sap River and the Mekong River. The Water Festival is a three-day celebration which includes parades, fireworks, races on the water, and more. People come from across the country side to celebrate. Hotels fill up and people camp alongside the rivers. It is estimated that perhaps millions of Cambodians come together on the banks of the two rivers to express gratitude for the river water.

To pay homage to the annual festival in their native land here in the United States, the Cambodian Association of Rochester (CARM), has organized the first ever Water Festival, a two-day version of their homeland festival, to be held August 18 and 19.

Silver Lake has been chosen for the venue because of its reputation for family fun with a playground, skateboard park, and dance facility. Along with plenty of music, there will plenty of traditional Cambodian dishes served, a volleyball tournament will be held, and there will be boat races on Silver Lake.

Organizers are likely to organize poster printing to advertise the event in the Cambodian community and to invite the public at large.

The Water Festival, which runs from 10:00 am to 5:00 pm on both days, is open to all at no charge, however a suggested donation of $5 per person would be appreciated. More information is available on the CARM website.