Cambodia Celebrates Pchum Ben Festival This Weekend

Pchum Ben Festival or the Festival for the Dead, which is the second biggest festival for the Cambodian people in the entire country after the Chaul Chhnam Thmei (Khmer New Year), will be celebrated this weekend, from Sept. 27 to 29.

In fact, the whole festival lasts 15 days. During the first 14 days, called Kan Ben, people or villagers take turns to offer food to monks in nearby pagodas in hope that the offerings will reach the souls of their ancestors by virtue of the Buddhist monk sermons.

But the most important is the last day of the Pchum Ben, which fall this year on Sept. 28, on which all Cambodian Buddhist followers, the rich as well as the poor, manage to prepare food and other offerings for their visits to pagodas.

According to the Ministry of Tourism's record, more than 1.26 million local and foreign tourists visited different tourist attractions throughout the country during last year's Pchum Ben Festival, up 20.42% compared to the same period in 2017.

Source: Agency Kampuchea Press