October 2015

We would like share some photos from this year’s Pchum Ben Festival in Banteay Chhmar. As some of you may know, this is one of Cambodia’s most important holidays.¬†Cambodians around the country travel to be with relatives and friends. The festival lasts for 15 days and culminates with some very special ceremonies both at home and at the pagodas.

The word “Pchum” meets to meet or congregate and “Ben” means collect. “Ben” also means to mould or cup rice into portions and “Ben Baht” means to collect food to give to monks. The true purpose of the festival is to honor deceased ancestors. By receiving offerings from the living, it is believed that the spirits will gain some relief from their suffering. It is both a time of remembrance and celebration. Please read more about Pchum Ben

 

April 2015

As you may know, April is a very special month on the Cambodian calendar. It is the celebration of the Khmer New Year. The holiday, in various forms, is celebrated throughout Asia.

It is a time for get-togethers with family and friends. There is always lots of food, dancing, music, partying and celebrating. And, of course, let us not forget the face powdering and water splashing!

Visitors are always welcome to Banteay Chhmar to enjoy the holidays and hospitality with us.¬†We hope that you will enjoy seeing a few photos from this year’s fun in Banteay Chhmar. Thank you

January 2015

A Very Happy New Year to everyone! We hope that all of our friends, visitors and partners will have a delightful, healthy and prosperous 2015. Best wishes to all.

Our year has gotten off to a wonderful start. We had another excellent visit from one of our favorite tour operators, Operation Groundswell. As you may know, Operation Groundswell is trying to redefine volunteering and travel by forming partnerships with local NGOs and communities, They stress having an immersive experience and work hands-on with local partners on educational and social initiatives.

On this trip, the group learned about our community-based tourism project, went on a temple tour, biked around the satellite temples, helped in the community library, took a boat tour on the baray and, of course, enjoyed traditional Khmer music, dancing, games and hospitality. We all look forward to another visit later this summer. Thanks to all!

 

Cebu Pacific SmileAlso, please read our latest news story. Banteay Chhmar is featured in the January, 2015 issue of Cebu Pacific Smile magazine.