The most important date in Cambodia is just around the corner! The city prepares by installing its finest decorations, everyone is getting ready for the holidays and to celebrate the arrival of this new year 2563.
Cambodian citizens take advantage of these non-working days to visit their families in the countryside.
A special new year with a new Sankranta localisation
Usually for New Year, important celebrations take place in the Angkor temples. Temples are then open to the public for free. But, this year, the celebrations will take place in different symbolic places in the city (such as the Royal Gardens). The price to access the temples will remain the same.
Indeed, the Union of Youth Federations of Cambodia (UYFC) explained in a statement that these well-known celebrations would not take place in 2019 because “the working group wants to take this opportunity to prepare for the New Year Sankranta in every city and province and also to review events that took place last year so that next year’s Angkor event will be much better”. Rather, they want to encourage each province to prepare this celebration to promote their culture.
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How is the New Year going?
This end-of-year celebration takes place over three days, from Sunday, April 14th to Tuesday, April 16th.
Day 1 – “Moha Sangkran” : the first day is a preparation for the welcoming of one of God’s angels. This year honores Angel Mohothareak Tevy (The Saturday Angel). The representation of each angel is particular and the celebrations to welcome them change each year. For instance, this year’s angel wears a trokeat flower tucked behind her ear and sapphires around his neck. On her right hand, she carries a disc of power and on her left hand a trident.
Day 2- “Virak Vanabat” : The second day represents a day of solidarity. Everyone gets together to give to the poorest. In addition, children give gifts to their parents and Khmer families also meet in the temples to honour their ancestors.
Day 3- “Vearak Loeng Sak” : Finally, on the third day the children traditionally wash their parents and grandparents in order to be blessed and advised in their lives. It is also customary for the various Buddha statues to be traditionally washed with scented water to bring luck and happiness in the New Year
And what about Soucial Trust?
During this celebration period, children play an essential role with their families and are on holiday. For this reason, we suspend our various activities during this period. Don’t panic! We will be back on April 22nd for the restart of our sportive and adaptive activities!
The entire Soulcial Trust team sincerely wishes you all the best for this moment of celebration and this new year. May you be prosperous and full of happiness.