In November, Cambodia has one of the biggest celebrations of the year with Bon Om Touk, also known as the Cambodian Water Festival.
The water festivals marks the end of the rainy season and around this time the Tonle Sap river will overflow, as will the Tonle Sap lake providing a lot of needed protein (fish) for the local people. It has been celebrated since the 13th century and signifies a celebration of water as an invaluable, life-giving resource and the colorful boat races a vestige of the former military might of Angkor. Dating back to Angkorian times, today's Water Festival is a throwback to times past. Because of the history behind this festival it is deeply rooted in the Khmer culture. This celebration of fertility is now a spectacular sight to see with thousands of people coming from the countryside to the big city to see the boat-races.
Every community, government organization or charity enters in the race. So you can see a race between police officers and nurses but also between a small village community and a feminist group.