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Chaul Chnam Thmey
From: 2014.04.14 To: 2014.04.16
Come celebrate the New Year Cambodian style! This three-day festival gathers millions of people, including tourists and villagers in Phnom Penh, the capital. Multiple religious ceremonies take place, which will tell you much about the long history and traditional values embedded in Cambodian culture. The first day of the new year celebration is called Maha Songkran. People wash their face, chests and feet with holy water for good luck. They also put on their finest outfits as they visit their friends and family members, light candles and burn incense sticks. The second day is called Virak Wanabat. This is the day of charity, generosity, helping those in need. During the final day, Tngay Leang Saka, people cleanse the statue of Buddha and elders with perfumed water as a symbol of gratitude and kindness. Tourists often participate in various traditional games, such as Tres (a ball game) or Klah Klok (a game of dice). This is also a perfect time to visit one of the many Cambodian temples, because you'll get a chance to witness sacred religious ceremonies. This event is only one of the many reasons why you should visit Cambodia at least once in your lifetime.