Choul Chnam Thmey
Cambodia | 14-16 Apr 2019

As the rest of the world gets into the full swing of 2019 in April; Cambodians across the country will be busy celebrating the Khmer New Year. The occasion, which also coincides with the end of the harvesting season, is celebrated in grand fashion over three days beginning 14 April across the nation.

For visitors, the Khmer New Year known as Choul Chnam Thmey provides a good insight to the traditions and the people of Cambodia. The festivities usually kick off with an offering of fruit on the first day followed by fellowship and the offering of gifts amongst family, friends, and the community on the second day.

The last day of the celebrations will see locals washing and cleaning statues of Buddha with scented water. The ritual symbolises the washing away of evil deeds and gaining blessings for the year ahead.

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