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.┬áCambodians 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