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MID-AU­TUMN FES­TI­VAL

Fall­ing on the 15th day of the eighth lu­nar month, the fes­ti­val used to be a cel­e­bra­tion of har­vest in the past. Now, it is an oc­ca­sion for fam­i­lies and friends to gather as the full moon sym­bol­ises re­union in the Chi­nese cul­ture. Eat­ing moon­cakes and en­joy­ing lantern dis­plays are es­sen­tial fes­tiv­i­ties. camb odia

PCHUM BEN FES­TI­VAL

In Kh­mer, “Pchum” means “to gather” and “Ben” means “a ball of food”. This im­por­tant fes­ti­val in the Kh­mer re­li­gious cal­en­dar is when Cam­bo­di­ans pay re­spects to their an­ces­tors by pre­sent­ing food of­fer­ings to them and par­tak­ing in grand tem­ple pro­ces­sions. It is be­lieved that spir­its are re­leased when the gates of hell open on the first day of Pchum Ben and can only re­ceive of­fer­ings from their rel­a­tives. The last day of this im­por­tant 15-day fes­ti­val is called Pchum Ben and marks the end of the fast­ing pe­riod with a two-day pub­lic hol­i­day.

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