Hanoi celebrates Khmer New Year festival

  • Published by Ozgur Tore

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Hanoi marks the celebrations of Cambodian New Year or Chaul Chnam Thmey in the Khmer language, is the name of the Cambodian holiday that celebrates the New Year. The holiday lasts for three days beginning on New Year's Day, which falls on 14th this year. It means the end of the harvesting season, when farmers enjoy the fruits of their labor before the rainy season begins.

The celebrations organize at the Khmer pagoda complex in the Culture-Tourism Village of Vietnamese ethnic groups in Dong Mo, Hanoi.

Event participants include representatives from the embassies of Sri Lanka, Myanmar, Laos, Thailand and Cambodia. Monks and Buddhist followers are also in attendance.

The festival is taking place in the village through to April 16. A Buddha procession and bathing ceremony will be staged alongside rituals to welcome the God overseeing the New Year.

Cambodia is home to a variety of games played to transform the dull days into memorable occasions. These games are similar to those played at Manipur, a north-eastern state in India. Throughout the Khmer New Year, street corners often are crowded with friends and families enjoying a break from routine, filling their free time with dancing and games.



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