Cambodian Festivals: Pchum Ben 2011


A highlight of the September semester is Pchum Ben (Ancestor’s Day), an important festival unique to Cambodia where respect is paid to ancestors through the offering of food to monks. The modern day festival begins on the 15th day of the 10th month of the Buddhist calendar, and lasts 15 days. Each morning Cambodians gather at Wats before dawn culminating in 3 public holidays where Cambodians return to their birthplace to reunite with family and give offerings at their local Wat.

On Sunday, our volunteers visited Wat Udong and got to witness the ceremony of blessings and offerings at the pagoda, and the spectacular view of the Cambodian countryside from atop Phnom Udong.

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