Friday, April 18, 2008

Khmer New Year: 2551-2552

The Cambodian New Year or (ចូលឆ្នាំខ្មែរ Chol Chnam Khmer) usually takes place from April 13th -15th, during the dry season when farmers do not work in the fields. Astrologers determine the exact time and date by calculating the exact moment the new animal protector (tiger, dragon, or snake) arrives. Cambodians spend the entire month of April in preparation for the celebration, cleaning and decorating their house with candles, lights, star shaped lanterns and flowers. During the first three days, everyone travels to the pagodas to offer food to the monks.

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