Khmer Water Festival is traditionally celebrated to remind all Cambodians about her splendid land that is greatly affected by Mekong River, the source of all life forms and hope of Cambodian. After 3 long years without this tradition, this year we had it. Anyway, many reasons are the barriers for many Cambodians come to celebrate it in Phnom Penh, capital city of Cambodia.
The nation's politic instability and flood might not be the main reason for this but the accident that happened in November 22, 2010 caused 347 deaths and 755 injured. Followed by the death of former King Norodom Sihanouk in October 15, 2012. In 2007, an estimate four millions people came to visit Phnom Penh to watch 440 boats compete in the annual water festival. Unlike this year, only about one million people came to visit Phnom Penh on Water festival and the boat were less than any other years.