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Stunning festival in Siem Reap

Khmer New Year celebration

As being the stunning gateway city to the Angkor temples, one of the world-renowned heritages, Siem Reap is considered as one of the best tourist destinations in South East Asia. Siem Reap has become a fast-emerging tourist magnet of Cambodia thanks to its strategic location and really charming ambiance.  What creates the unique charm of this small fisherman’s town is the warm hospitality of the colorful and lovely people together with their Buddhist villages. Not only rush to explore the vast temples of the city, tourists coming to Siem Reap also want to discover the local culture by enjoying some of the most exciting festivals here. Indochina travel Cambodia

Since the native people are found to be always in the mood for a celebration, many of Cambodian holidays and festivals are held in Siem Reap. Many of their cultural outfits, rituals and beliefs are related to these events and festivals of the city. Not only being merely about merrymaking, these festivals are sometimes also a reflection of the melancholic events of the olden days.

Water Festival

Water festival in Siem Reap

Water festival in Siem Reap- source: internet

The commencement of the fishing season and the reverse flow of the Tonle Sap River are the two significant scenarios marking the Water Festival in Siem Reap. Comparative boat races that are held over three days highlight the event. Since the night falls and boats are lighted to sail for good luck, fireworks light up the sky. Just to get a closer glimpse of the much-awaited boat races, locals from all around the city gather together on the banks of the Tonle Sap River for several days and nights.

P’chum Ben or Spirit Festival

Pchum Ben day

Pchum Ben day -source: internet

Taking place in the end of September, this festival of P’chum Ben, which is similar to All Soul’s Day, is where locals give their offerings at the water’s edge to pay their respects to the dead.

Khmer New Year

Khmer New Year celebration

Khmer New Year celebration -source: internet

Usually marked by the end of the harvest season and the beginning of the rainy season, the Chol Cham Thmey or also known as the Khmer New Year is thought to be one of the most important holidays for many Cambodians. Because everyone is out to join in on the celebration, most of the businesses are closed during the Khmer New Year.

Apsara Dance Performance

Apsara dance performance

Apsara dance performance- source: internet

The Apsara Dance Performance, which is an ancient art form that has played an important role in the Khmer culture for thousands of years, is performed in various locations in Siem Reap, during the first of May. Stunning festival in Siem Reap

Chaul Chnam

Chaul Chnam

Chaul Chnam -source: internet

Basing on the ancient Khmer calendar of Cambodia where it counts from the day that Buddha died, the Chaul Chnam takes place during mid-April. As they also exchange gifts of new clothes with loved ones and clean out their homes, Khmers make offerings to the temples. A common sight during this time is the colorful processions of music and dance.

Not only wandering the Angkor temples but also exploring the rich culture and interesting festivals in Siem Reap are the best way to find out the essence of this city. As the festive mood of the city will be way too ecstatic to not delight you, come to Siem Reap when celebrations are in full swing.

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