Living in Phnom Penh: Suorsdei Chanam Thmei!
or Happy Khmer New Year!
You’d say, whoa! were halfway through the year and you’re just celebrating new year? Yes, my dear friends, Cambodia (as well as Thailand, Laos, Myanmar, India and Sri Lanka). You can check out this wiki article why these countries celebrate new year at this time.
Anyway, this is a very festive affair for Khmers, with most of them preparing an offering table brimming with fruits, drinks, flowers and snacks. A lot of them also hightail it to the provinces where celebrations are all the more festive.
For us, foreigners living in Phnom Penh, its a quiet time. With the city less congested, and very quiet. Most businesses and markets are also closed. So this isn’t the best time to think of shopping. No one will attend to you. Even most restaurants close for a few days.
Holidays extend for several days and right now I’m really catching up on… rest. See, I had to force myself to leave the couch and write this post. Oh, the things I do for this blog. Hahaha. We do have plans to go out of town but we’ll wait until the hordes come back and the seaside town almost empty for us to enjoy.
Also, for the past two days, our uber generous neighbor keep giving us bowls of Khmer curry with French baguettes. It’s sooo yummy and a Khmer staple during the new year. Usually its eaten with the baguette (nom pang) or with fresh rice noodles (nom ban chouk)..