Cambodia’s Chaul Chnam Thmey or Khmer New Year
The New Year in Cambodia takes place in the dawn of the harvest season. Each year, the Cambodian government always selects either the dates of the 13th to 15th or the 14th to 16th of April as the date for the Khmer Songkran. It has similar traditions to that of Thailand in which the festival is divided into three days. On the first day, people give alms and carry sand to temples in preparation for building or rebuilding sand pagodas. Family Day takes place on the second day in which families gather together and may exchange presents. On this day, people also get together in the evening to build sand pagodas. The third day, meanwhile, is the day of fun and celebration with activities like bathing rituals for the Buddha statue and pouring holy water into the hands of the elderly.