The royal Ploughing ceremony marks the traditional beginning of the rice-growing season, and is usually held at the start of the rainy season in late May.
The main event is a symbolic ploughing procession wherein the King leads the yoke and plough, and the Queen sows the seeds. After circling the field 3 times, the procession stops at a shrine where Brahmins bring sacred cows to eat from 7 silver trays containing such things as rice, corn, beans, sesame seeds, grass, water and wine. The harvest will be good if they choose cereals, rain will be abundant if they drink water, but trouble is feared if they choose alcohol.
This ancient ritual – also called Pithi Chrat Pheah Neang Korl – takes place at the park in front of the National Museum next to the Royal Palace in Phnom Penh. There is also an exhibition of agricultural products, agro-industrial products, forest products, domestic animal products and so forth that is held over 3 days.