• Short Summary

    Khmer began sprucing themselves up just before the weekend (14-15-16 April) to prepare for the New Year celebrations.

  • Description

    Khmer began sprucing themselves up just before the weekend (14-15-16 April) to prepare for the New Year celebrations.

    Buddhist monks on the other hand, concentrate on preparing for long days of prayer. On the first day of Chaul Chhnam -- as the New Year period is called -- they begin building small mountains of either plain soil, or elaborate heaps of fruit and vegetables. The monks also collect donations from the faithful.

    A general air of festivity settles over most of the country for the New Year, as in Western countries. Most of the houses are gaily decorated with colourful lamps, and crowds flock to parks and squares to listen to music and enjoy public entertainment.

    Traditionally, all Khmers honour their elders during the New Year. For the children, New Year is a time for presents, carefully prepared feasts, or just playing in the parks.

    All families observe the celebrations -- usually with a special meal. The emphasis for the three-day New Year holiday is on merry-making, and the Khmers are just as adept as any other race in the world.

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  • Data

    Film ID:
    VLVAAQJDRXIWVUDRFS7NB8JM2L92V
    Media URN:
    VLVAAQJDRXIWVUDRFS7NB8JM2L92V
    Group:
    Reuters - Source to be Verified
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    17/04/1972
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Colour
    Duration:
    00:01:26:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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