Cambodia Celebrates Pchum Ben Festival Next Week

Pchum Ben Festival or the Festival for the Dead, which is the second biggest festival for the Cambodian people in the entire country after the Chaul Chhnam Thmei (Khmer New Year), will be celebrated early next week.

In fact, the whole festival lasts 15 days. During the first 14 days, called Kan Ben, people or villagers take turns to offer food to monks in nearby pagodas in hope that the offerings will reach the souls of their ancestors by virtue of the Buddhist monk sermons. But the most important is the last day of the Pchum Ben on which all Cambodian Buddhist followers, the rich as well as the poor, manage to prepare food and other offerings for their visits to pagodas.

The government officials, workers and employees will have three days off from Oct. 08 to 10.

According to the Ministry of Tourism's record, last year, approximately 1.05 million local and international tourists visited different tourist attractions during the Pchum Ben Festival from Sept. 19-21, a year-on-year increase of some 15.70 percent.

Source: Agency Kampuchea Press