About the 2020 Cooper River Water Festival & Dragon Boat Race
The SEABDF’s Cooper River Water Festival and Dragon Boat Race is an event that celebrates both local community and tradition. With traditional music, dance and games, and a wide selection of vendors offering a rich variety of foods and souvenirs, the Water Festival is a wonderful opportunity to come together as a community where everyone of all backgrounds may join in celebrating a unique culture.
What inspired the Cooper River Water Festival & Dragon Boat Race?
Bon Im Touk – The Water Festival
Dating back to early Cambodian culture, Bon Om Touk – The Water Festival – is an annual national event that celebrates the end of the rainy season in Cambodia. Villages from all over the country train teams who spend months preparing for the high-profile competition that takes place in the country’s capital, Phnom Penh.
Our Community & Tradition
The Cambodian Community
There are about 10,000 Cambodians living in the Greater Philadelphia area. Many arrived here following civil war and genocide in their homeland in the 1970s. Today, three generations of Cambodian-Americans now call this region home. Here, they’ve re-created valued traditions, including dragon boat racing, and, beginning in 2019, the Water Festival.