Cambodian Khmer New Year celebrates the end of harvesting season, usually falls on 13 April and last for three days. It is called Chaul Chnam Thmey in Khmer language, literally means “Enter The New Year”. Gifts and tips are especially auspicious during this holiday.
When is Khmer New Year 2014?
Khmer New Year 2014 falls on Monday, 14 April 2014. The Khmer New Year 2014 holiday will be for three days:
Monday, 14 April 2014
Tuesday, 15 April 2014
Wednesday, 16 April 2014
Khmer New Year 2014 Celebrations
Khmer New Year 2014 marks the end of year 2557 BE (Buddhist Era – based on the Buddhist calendar) and beginning of year 2558.
While it has the same root as Thai Songkran and usually celebrated on or around the same day, the celebration is slightly different. It is still much centered around celebrating with water, but Khmer New Year is felt to be more sacral and not as much of air of a party compared with Thailand’s Songkran.
During the Khmer New Year, people comes to street corners with friends and families, dancing and playing traditional Cambodia games.
Cambodians celebrate the new year in 3 days: Day 1: Maha Songkran marks the end of the previous year and the start of a new one. To be blessed with good luck for the year, people wash their face with holy water in the morning, and washing their chest in afternoon, and washing their feet in the evening. Cambodians will dress up, and go to temple and shrines to pay homage to Buddha and ancestors.
Day 2: On Virak Wanabat, Cambodians will do good deeds by donating and contributing to charities.
Day 3: On Tngay Leang Saka, Buddhists bath the Buddha statues with perfumed water. People also bath their elderly to get good wishes and advices.