The Khmer New Year

Khmer New Year Celebration

The Khmer New Year is one of the major celebrations in Cambodian culture; it is based on the lunar calendar, and is celebrated in mid-April, which is the first month of the year in Cambodia. This time of year also represents the end of the harvest. It is a time for farmers to enjoy the fruits of their harvest and relax before the raining season begins. An astrologer determines the exact date for which the celebration will be held.

The celebration lasts for three days. During this time, several people take word off to commemorate the New Year. They spend time visiting family and friend as well as the Buddhist pagodas. The Buddhist religion plays a major role in many of the celebration includes the cleaning of their homes. The people clean them thoroughly to rid them of any unclean spirits. They also buy silk to make new cloths. The men and boys wear the black pants with white rounded- neck shirts, while the women and girls ware skirts with colorful, decorated robes

The clean houses and cloths represent a new beginning. The celebration lasts for three days. Each day has a name and activities attached. Day one is called Maha Sangkrant. It is the entry into the New Year, Signal by the drum or bell of the Buddhist of the temple. With the sounding, it believed that the new angle arrives. Throughout the day, the people participate in ceremonies and games. One of these activities is the building of a small sand “mountain.” Each piece of sand that is added is believed to produce more health and happiness in their lives. The people bring the foods for the monks and pray with them. There is a feast of traditional foods such as peanut curries, noodle and tree mushrooms.

The second day is Vana Bat. It is a time for more prayers. This day is a day to show consideration to elders. Parents, grandparents, and teachers are given gilts from children out of respect and it is a time to serve. Cambodians offer charity to the less fortunate, participate in services activities, and forgive others of misdeeds that may have been done to them. The people continue to add to their sand mountain

The final day is called Loeung Sack. On this day, the monks bless the sand mountain. This is also the day for the cleansing of the Buddhist statues. The people wash their statues with perfumed water. It is though to be a kind deed that will bring good luck, long life and happiness. The bathing also symbolizes hope for sufficient rainfall for the rice harvest. The Cambodian New Year is observed in other countries, including the Unite State, and by many Cambodian immigrants. In the United States the celebration only lasts for two days. Many of the same ceremonies and activities are planned for and participate in. This allows for those who fled their country to remember their culture and share it with their children.

Happy New Year!!!!!!!!!!
Best whishes in your whole life!!!!!!!!
May you prosper in the year…

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