Happy Khmer New Year!

Cambodian Culture, Living in Phnom Penh / Monday, April 11th, 2011

Chol Chnam Thmey or Cambodian New Year is almost here. For Phnom Penhites like me, that means a week long quiet time, less traffic! Most Khmers hightail it to provinces to be with relatives and celebrate. For most who stay in the city, well its time to relax!!! No school, no traffic, I should say this week would be like my little nirvana in Phnom Penh. And oh, there are also a lot of SALE in a lot of stores. Lol! Trust me always to mention shopping, ok?

Of course, the Independence Monument and most stretch of Norodom Blvd. is bedecked with lights and last night I went there just to take a photo of the monument. Heh! And I picked this shot – a little blurry perhaps but this is simply how I think of Phnom Penh now. This city is on the fast track, like its hurtling towards development..


The Khmer New Year lasts for three days, this time from April 14th. This celebration marks the end of harvest season and its time for the farmers to be merry and enjoy the fruits of their labor.

Happy Khmer New Year!

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