Cambodian New Year of 2556 (2012)

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Dhamma talk are usually held every afternoon during Khmer new year. Dhamma talk are spoken subjected formally based on the celebration event. -It was about why we celebrate Khmer New Year.
Dhamma talk are usually held every afternoon during Khmer new year. Dhamma talk are spoken subjected formally based on the celebration event. -It was about why we celebrate Khmer New Year. | Source
This is a Khmer musical instrument which was also shown and held during the Khmer New year.
This is a Khmer musical instrument which was also shown and held during the Khmer New year. | Source
Giving alms are very important for the Khmer culture which is done every morning between 7am-9am.
Giving alms are very important for the Khmer culture which is done every morning between 7am-9am. | Source
This is a time of prayer-start at 10am-11:20am.
This is a time of prayer-start at 10am-11:20am. | Source
Nuns and lay people are praying before serving lunch.
Nuns and lay people are praying before serving lunch. | Source
After the prayer nuns are eating before lay people.
After the prayer nuns are eating before lay people. | Source
Monks serve lunch 5 minute before the nuns. Monks are eating after they completely give laypeople their blessing to reach nirvana.
Monks serve lunch 5 minute before the nuns. Monks are eating after they completely give laypeople their blessing to reach nirvana. | Source
Lay people, nuns, and monks are getting ready to start their robe parade. It is a traditional ceremony held every year.
Lay people, nuns, and monks are getting ready to start their robe parade. It is a traditional ceremony held every year. | Source
After three rounds around the temple, the robes are to be lifted up to a 12ft high Buddha statue to cover him.
After three rounds around the temple, the robes are to be lifted up to a 12ft high Buddha statue to cover him.
Sand Castle parade is very important, it is a goal of life.
Sand Castle parade is very important, it is a goal of life. | Source
Everyone meet up at the sand castle and chant their prayer
Everyone meet up at the sand castle and chant their prayer | Source
Holy Water Festival after the sand castle parade.
Holy Water Festival after the sand castle parade. | Source
Holy Water festival; cleaning the palm of a monks hand, Buddha statue, and parent asking for forgiveness and a restart of life.
Holy Water festival; cleaning the palm of a monks hand, Buddha statue, and parent asking for forgiveness and a restart of life. | Source
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After three days of Khmer New Year April 13-15th 2012; I was exhausted. My feet is swell, body ache, and completely tired. Although I'm tired but I had a great time. I volunteered and help around the temple; keeping the temple clean, making sure the monk seating is in order, helping the monks set up a parade, and my dad would be help leading the parade with the folks. Lots of duty in my hand but I had a great time!

Setting up food for the monks
Setting up food for the monks | Source
I was up collecting trash after lunch.
I was up collecting trash after lunch. | Source

I couldn't take pictures of myself helping around the temple but after I help collecting the trash and clean up the pagoda, my sister and I would have to carry a big fat vase of flower to the other side of the temple so at the end of a parade the place of the event will be formally set up (welcoming).

At the end of parade! Just having fun!

Me hanging out with the monks, lay people dancing just having a good time all together after a hard work.
Me hanging out with the monks, lay people dancing just having a good time all together after a hard work. | Source
One of the monks were looking at me when I took a picture of him and lay people dancing in the background.
One of the monks were looking at me when I took a picture of him and lay people dancing in the background. | Source
He's the monk whose responsible of all the statue that was crafted in the temple. He is the artist. I wouldn't bother him during his time break eating snow cone. lol
He's the monk whose responsible of all the statue that was crafted in the temple. He is the artist. I wouldn't bother him during his time break eating snow cone. lol | Source

This is me!

And this is me! Happy Khmer New Year! :) Year of dragon...that's my year! *wink*
And this is me! Happy Khmer New Year! :) Year of dragon...that's my year! *wink*

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sunbun143 4 years ago from Los Angeles, CA

Great hub! Many people don't know that Cambodians celebrate the new year in April. I miss celebrating it...haven't since I was a kid. Have you ever been to the big celebration at El Dorado Park in Long Beach, CA (I saw from your profile that you're from California, so maybe you made the roadtrip down south?)...anyway - you just made me miss Khmer New Year even more! Wishing you a happy new year! And wow! You're so young if you're year of the dragon!


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Claudia Tello 4 years ago from Mexico

Happy new year to all Cambodians!!!! I was in Cambodia in 2008 and I loved it. I wish this country and its people in and out of it all the best.


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always exploring 4 years ago from Southern Illinois

Beautiful pictures. I would love to visit. Thank you for sharing..


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Vinaya Ghimire 4 years ago from Nepal

Happy New Year!

New year celebrating just ended in Nepal, the year is 2069.


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chanroth 4 years ago from California, USA Author

Hi sunbun, claudia, Ruby, and vinaya, thank you and wish you a happy khmer new year as well. @Vinaya happy new year to you too! I bet you had a great time! @sunbun, I have been up there long ago but I never return. I remember they held a parade, it was amazing! I haven't been there since then, I believe I was up there in 2004 or 2005. @claudia, I would like to say thank you and to you too I wish you all the best and longevity. Many blessing to each one of you this new year of dragon.

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