The Royal Ploughing
ceremony or the opening of the Sacred Furrow, is the first of
the traditional agrarian festivals. In times past, on
an auspicious day determined by palace astrologists, the King
traced the first furrows in the Capital's sacred rice field,
inaugurating the Ploughing season.
Today, the ritual is
performed by a man, King of Meakh, who leads the yoke and plough,
follow by a woman, Queen Me Hour, who sows the seeds. After
thrice circling the rice field, the procession stops at chapel
where Brahmins invoke the protection of the Gods.