Khmer Traditional New Year To Begin on Monday
AKP Phnom Penh, April 12, 2020 --
The Cambodian people will celebrate next week, from April 13 to 16 their traditional New Year, one of the biggest festivals in the country.
On April 13 at 08:48 pm, it marks the end of Buddhist year 2563 BE (Buddhist Era – based on the Lunar Calendar) and the start of New Year 2564, the year of Rat. The New Year’s angel of this year is Koreakeak Devy, the second daughter of Kabel Moha Prum.
Cambodia’s traditional New Year, “Chaul Chhnam Thmei” generally falls in around mid April or the Chet, the fifth month of the Cambodian lunar calendar during which peasants are relieved of their farm work after the dry-season rice harvest.
Generally, people return to their homeland, go to pagoda, travel to different tourism destinations, and join various entertainment activities.
But in order the prevent the possible spread of COVID-19 pandemic, Prime Minister Samdech Akka Moha Sena Padei Techo Hun Sen early this week decided to postpone the Khmer New Year holidays and called on all workers/employees and civil servants in all sectors to work as normal.
In a Facebook post this morning, the Premier encouraged the Cambodian people to welcome the new Tevoda (angel) at their respective homes, but gatherings at pagodas are not recommended.
Besides, travelling from one province to another is restricted for about a week, from 24:00 on April 9 to 24:00 on April 16.
By C. Nika