Topics: Cambodia, Southeast Asia, Buddhism Pages: 1 (362 words) Published: December 26, 2012
Name: LONG Vibol ID: 60-52-08 Evening

Lecture: Lach Marady ENG102

Khmer New Year

Cambodia is known as the oldest country in south East Asian which has a high culture and lot of good traditional. Cambodia people always celebrate Khmer New Year on April 13 or 14th, which is the end of the harvesting season, when farmers enjoy the fruit of their labor before the rainy season begins. In Khmer New Year, there are three days such as Maha Songkran, Virak Wanabat, and T'ngai Leang Saka that within these three day Khmer family enjoy together. In the first day of Khmer is called Maha Songkran which means that the ending of the year and the beginning of a new one. On this day Khmer people prepare their house. For example, they clean their house, decorated the Buddhist altars with fruits, sweets, soft drink, flowers, and holy water. Moreover, people dress up beautiful cloth in order to welcome new angel. In the middle day of the Khmer festival is knew as Virak Wanabat. On this day, people prepare special dishes to go to pagoda for their ancestors. In addition, people give money to their parents and old people to show their respect. Some people they go to their homeland and some people go for a walk with their family. In temple people play traditional game as such dancing, Chol Chhoung, Chab Kon Kleng, Bos Angkunh, Leak Kanseng, etc. They are really happy with their family and friend together. T'ngai Leang Saka is the name of the third day of the Khmer New Year celebration. Buddhists cleanse the Buddha statues and their elders with perfumed water. Bathing the Buddha images is the symbol that water will be needed for all kinds of plants and lives. It is also thought to be a kind deed that will bring longevity, good luck, happiness and prosperity in life. By bathing their grandparents and parents, children can obtain from them best wishes and good advice for the future. Khmer New Year is the great traditional festival for Cambodian, and it can make Cambodian people to...
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