5 unique traditional festivals in Cambodia

Angkor Wat, Siem Riep, Phnom Penh, Sihanoukville… What do you think about when you read these names? Of course, they are famous tourist attractions in Cambodia, aren’t they? But the country of temples is chosen by a lot of visitors because of not only destinations but also unique festivals throughout the year. Now let’s look at 5 traditional festivals in Cambodia to discover their attractiveness.

Angkor Wat, Siem Riep, Phnom Penh, Sihanoukville… What do you think about when you read these names? Of course, they are famous tourist attractions in Cambodia, aren’t they? But the country of temples is chosen by a lot of visitors because of not only destinations but also unique festivals throughout the year. Now let’s look at 5 traditional festivals in Cambodia to discover their attractiveness.

Chol Chnam Thmay (New Year Festival)

Chol Chnam Thmay held at the middle of April aims to celebrate the New Year with the hope for luck. Besides, it also means the ending of drought period and the beginning of water season to prepare for the upcoming crop.

5 unique traditional festivals in Cambodia
Independence Monument in Phnom Penh is brilliant in light in Chol Chnam Thmay Festival

On New Year’s Eve, all families make beautiful lanterns and then drop them on the lake. Thousands of sparking lanterns create a lantern festival full of colors. People believe that fortunes will come to the family having bright lanterns all night long.

During the time of Chol Chnam Thmay Festival, all temples and roads leading to the Royal are covered with brilliant flowers and lights.

Bom Chaul Chnam (Festival of rice harvest)

The biggest festival in Cambodia is Bom Chaul Chnam (Festival of rice harvest). It takes place in Tet holiday, from 13th to 15th April every year. During this time, people meet and splash water onto each other with the belief in a bumper crop next year. This festival is also hold in Laos, Thailand and Myanmar – countries with agricultural civilization.

5 unique traditional festivals in Cambodia
Cambodians are happy to splash water onto each other in Bom Chaul Chnam Festival

There is nothing more wonderful than taking part in the water festival. It’s a good chance for travelers to relax in cool water and enjoy the uniqueness of one of the traditional festivals in Cambodia.

Bon Om Touk Festival

Once a year, this festival is organized on the full moon day of Buddhist month. Its aim is to memorize a natural phenomenon: the backflow between Tonle Sap and Mekong River.
5 unique traditional festivals in Cambodia
A popular image in Bon Om Touk Festival - regatta
Lasting 3 days, Bon Om Touk Festival is an occasion for Cambodians relax and organize interesting activities on the banks of the river. In addition, there are unique regattas on the river and music or dance performances of Khmer people, which is a factor attracting tourists.

Preah Neanng Korl (Royal Ploughing Ceremony)

This is one of the unique cultural festivals in Cambodia. It is held by the Royal in the early rainy seaon (normally May 6th every year). Preah Neanng Korl takes place with the aim of weather forecast for a new crop and effective plants. No matter how advanced science technology is, Cambodians still maintain and believe in this festival.

5 unique traditional festivals in Cambodia
The ritual of ploughing in Preah Neanng Korl Festival
At the beginning of ceremony, monks say the prayer; bless citizens, Royal family and leaders of the country. Afterward, the queen or king will drive a pair of ox to plow. After plowing, oxen will be released and then led to 7 golden trays containing seeds, water and alcohol.

Bonn Prathen Festival

Cambodia is a country affected by Indian culture, so the majority of residents are Buddhists. They consider that the more regularly a person goes to the temple, the more fortunes will be on his/her side.
5 unique traditional festivals in Cambodia
Bonn Prathen - the biggest Buddhist festival in Cambodia
Bonn Prathen is the biggest Buddhist festival in this country occurring between 10th and 29th every month. Many people gather in the temple and change their clothes into yellow outfit to march in procession.

Above are the most typical traditional festivals in Cambodia. Book a tour to travel to this country and have fun with them!

Tags : Cambodia Luxury Tours

COMMENTS

BLOGGER: 1
Loading...
Name

AboutCambodia CambodiaCulture CambodiaWonders DailyTrip Ecotourism in Laos Guest-Post Hotels MyanmarTravel TravelGuides VietnamTravel WorldTravel
false
ltr
item
Cambodia Travel Forum: 5 unique traditional festivals in Cambodia
5 unique traditional festivals in Cambodia
Angkor Wat, Siem Riep, Phnom Penh, Sihanoukville… What do you think about when you read these names? Of course, they are famous tourist attractions in Cambodia, aren’t they? But the country of temples is chosen by a lot of visitors because of not only destinations but also unique festivals throughout the year. Now let’s look at 5 traditional festivals in Cambodia to discover their attractiveness.
https://2.bp.blogspot.com/-WLPtfNHVGcg/V1maud50ALI/AAAAAAAAKow/X0cqR3QziscmumGMJ6g2Vl655aq3uOYhACLcB/s640/clip_image001.jpg
https://2.bp.blogspot.com/-WLPtfNHVGcg/V1maud50ALI/AAAAAAAAKow/X0cqR3QziscmumGMJ6g2Vl655aq3uOYhACLcB/s72-c/clip_image001.jpg
Cambodia Travel Forum
http://www.cambodiatravelforum.net/2016/06/5-unique-traditional-festivals-cambodia.html
http://www.cambodiatravelforum.net/
http://www.cambodiatravelforum.net/
http://www.cambodiatravelforum.net/2016/06/5-unique-traditional-festivals-cambodia.html
true
7484021153201263927
UTF-8
Not found any posts VIEW ALL Readmore Reply Cancel reply Delete By Home PAGES POSTS View All RECOMMENDED FOR YOU LABEL ARCHIVE SEARCH ALL POSTS Not found any post match with your request Back Home Sunday Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday Saturday Sun Mon Tue Wed Thu Fri Sat January February March April May June July August September October November December Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec just now 1 minute ago $$1$$ minutes ago 1 hour ago $$1$$ hours ago Yesterday $$1$$ days ago $$1$$ weeks ago more than 5 weeks ago Followers Follow THIS CONTENT IS PREMIUM Please share to unlock Copy All Code Select All Code All codes were copied to your clipboard Can not copy the codes / texts, please press [CTRL]+[C] (or CMD+C with Mac) to copy