បុណ្យចូលឆ្នាំថ្មី Khmer New Year is more than just a water fight, there are traditions, both social and religious, which are still observed by people all over Cambodia. Khmer New Year is a precious time for Cambodian people to gather with family, friends and their community, and whilst its celebrated all over, no where does it like Siem Reap.
An overwhelming experience is an understatement. A huge thank you to this random, crazy, hilarious, beautiful Cambodian family who adopted a stranger from Australian for Khmer New Year. The collective nature of this holiday, the love for their country, their city, and everyone, no matter where you are from, brings the city together that is so great to see and incredible to experience.
A lot has happened this week - but here on the streets of Siem Reap we gave thanks, for everything we have, have had, and will have. It’s moments like this you remember what’s important, and what we have in common far outweighs what sets us apart.
Here’s to the beers, the water-guns, the buckets and pressure hoses, the eskies full of icy water and the unsuspecting passers-by. Here’s to what has to be one of the best New Years I’ve ever had.
បុណ្យចូលឆ្នាំថ្មី Happy Khmer New Year!
I arrived in Cambodia a few days ago, just in time for Khmer New Year - a celebration that incorporates history, tradition, culture, family, and religion. Held over three days starting April 13 marking the end of the harvest season before the summer rains begin, Khmer New Year (pronounced: Choul Chnam Thmey) is an incredible holiday. Its an overload of food, dancing, music, laughter, and a city-wide water fight.
For the 3 day celebration the whole city turns on each other in an all out water war. No one is safe - It doesn’t matter if you’re riding your scooter, if you window is down in your car, you’re carrying a baby, a 98 year old grandma; you are fair game, and yes, I saw all over this happen, and may have helped in more than one occasion .... So many near accidents, but not a single one. Nothing but laughter, fun and happiness. This beats any New Year I have ever had. Whilst it’s celebrated all over, nowhere does it quite like Siem Reap. ‘Soursdey Chnam Thmey’
Make sure you swipe right and experience a small portion of this festival 👉🏼👉🏼