Ancestors’ Day Celebration with Sophea
“Pchum Ben” or “Ancestors’ Day” is one of the most important religious festival holidays in Cambodia, culminating in celebrations at the end of the Buddhist lent, Vassa. It is as important as Christmas celebrations for occidental people.
The celebration takes 15days and this is a time where Cambodian pay their respects to deceased relatives of up to 7 generations.
We go to the pagodas during this time as we believe that our deceased relatives will wait at the pagoda for food cooked by the family. This year, the festival was from 03rd until 17th of September but the dates can change every year depending on the Buddhist lent date.
My family and I went to 3 pagodas for food offering to the monks and money donation for the pagoda constructions or any necessary needs.
This important holiday is a time where we gather with the family to spend some loving time and eat a lot of different food.“
Written by Sophea, Senior sales, Khiri Cambodia