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Thursday, April 16, 2009

Khmer New Year Part 2

Today marks the third and last day of the Khmer New Year celebration, known as Chol Chnam Thmey.

Today is known as Tanai Lieang Saka. Throughout the day Buddhist Cambodians are visiting local temples to bathe Budda statues, make offerings of incense, donate to the poor, and receive baptisms from monks. Children may also bathe parents and grandparents for good luck and longevity.

Presented here are pictures that I took today from wats (pagodas) around Phnom Penh. Most of the day's holiday activities are confined to wats full of bustling crowds wearing their best cloths and making offerings as Monks chant melodically. The rest of Phnom Penh is quiet as people otherwise remain home with their families or play games in their villages today. By tomorrown many of the city's shops and markets will re-open and life will return to hectic normality.

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