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It's Pchum Ben Again

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Happy Pchum Ben everyone. Here we are again. It's Pchum Ben time, when Cambodians go back to their villages, reconnect with their families, and honor the "hungry ghosts" in their ancestry. It's prayer time and party time.
For those expats or visitors who haven't been in Cambodia for Pchum Ben before, here are a couple of threads with photos and some explanations about the festival.

Pchum Ben 2018:
cambodian-culture-and-language/pchum-be ... chum%20ben
Some nice pics on Rozzie's Pchum Ben thread from last year:
cambodian-culture-and-language/topic23711.html
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Pchum Ben Day is a day of reflection on Buddhist beliefs and a time to think of the ancestors.
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Traditional buffalo race attracts crowds of spectators in Cambodia
Source: Xinhua| 2019-09-28

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KANDAL, Cambodia, Sept. 28 (Xinhua) -- More than a thousand of local visitors flocked to the Vihear Sour pagoda here on Saturday to enjoy the water buffalo race, an annual event to mark the end of the Pchum Ben festival, or the Ancestors' Day.

With their heads adorned with colorful masks, water buffalos were raced along a 450-meter stretch of road leading to the pagoda, where crowds of audience were watching and using their smartphones to capture the moments of the race.

Mey Chheang Heng, head of the buffalo racing committee, said the tradition of buffalo race at the pagoda has existed since the 1920s, aiming at celebrating the Pchum Ben festival.

"At this year's event, more than 10 pairs of buffaloes, along with 15 pairs of horses, took part in the race. The number of buffaloes this year is higher than that of last year," he told Xinhua, adding that only eight pairs of buffaloes took part in the race at the last year's event.

"This is the custom and tradition at the Vihear Sour pagoda here. Every year, villagers always bring their buffaloes and horses to join the race in order to entertain the spirits who take care of the Vihear Sour pagoda," the 70-year-old man said.
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CEOCambodiaNews wrote: Sat Sep 28, 2019 1:57 am Happy Pchum Ben everyone. Here we are again. It's Pchum Ben time, when Cambodians go back to their villages, reconnect with their families, and honor the "hungry ghosts" in their ancestry. It's prayer time and party time.
For those expats or visitors who haven't been in Cambodia for Pchum Ben before, here are a couple of threads with photos and some explanations about the festival.

Pchum Ben 2018:
cambodian-culture-and-language/pchum-be ... chum%20ben
Some nice pics on Rozzie's Pchum Ben thread from last year:
cambodian-culture-and-language/topic23711.html
Thanks for sharing this, especially the link to the threads providing explanations about the festival. I found it quite useful. Regards.
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Pchum Ben
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Pchum Ben

Also called Ancestors' Day
Observed by Cambodians
Type Religious
Date 15th day of the 10th Khmer month
2019 date 27-29 September

Related to :
Boun Khao Padap Din (in Laos)
Mataka dānēs (in Sri Lanka)
Sat Thai (in Thailand)
Ghost Festival (in China)
Tết Trung Nguyên (in Vietnam)
Obon (in Japan)
Baekjung (in Korea)
[This article contains Khmer text. Without proper rendering support, you may see question marks, boxes, or other symbols instead of Khmer script.]

Pchum Ben (Khmer: បុណ្យភ្ជុំបិណ្ឌ; "Ancestors' Day") is a 15-day Cambodian religious festival, culminating in celebrations on the 15th day of the tenth month in the Khmer calendar, at the end of the Buddhist lent, Vassa.

The day is a time when many Cambodians pay their respects to deceased relatives of up to 7 generations.[4] Monks chant the suttas in Pali language overnight (continuously, without sleeping) in prelude to the gates of hell opening, an event that is presumed to occur once a year, and is linked to the cosmology of King Yama originating in the Pali Canon. During this period, the gates of hell are opened and ghosts of the dead (preta) are presumed to be especially active. In order to combat this, food-offerings are made to benefit them, some of these ghosts having the opportunity to end their period of purgation, whereas others are imagined to leave hell temporarily, to then return to endure more suffering; without much explanation, relatives who are not in hell (who are in heaven or otherwise reincarnated) are also generally imagined to benefit from the ceremonies.

In temples adhering to canonical protocol, the offering of food itself is made from the laypeople to the (living) Buddhist monks, thus generating "merit" that indirectly benefits the dead;[5] however, in many temples, this is either accompanied by or superseded by food offerings that are imagined to directly transfer from the living to the dead, such as rice-balls thrown through the air, or rice thrown into an empty field. Anthropologist Satoru Kobayashi observed that these two models of merit-offering to the dead are in competition in rural Cambodia, with some temples preferring the greater canonicity of the former model, and others embracing the popular (if unorthodox) assumption that mortals can "feed" ghosts with physical food.[6]

Pchum Ben is considered unique to Cambodia, however, there are merit-transference ceremonies that can be closely compared to it in Sri Lanka (i.e., offering food to the ghosts of the dead) and in its broad outlines, it even resembles the Taiwanese Ghost Festival (i.e., especially in its links to the notion of a calendrical opening of the gates of hell, King Yama, and so on).
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Last Day of Pchum Ben Festival in Veal Sbov Pagoda
Photos: Khem Sovannara AKP
28 September 2019
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(Pursat): On 28 September 2019, the Kandi district administration held a mock boat festival to celebrate the Pchum Ben Festival presided over by Emm Ponnar, governor of Pursat province, and Venerable Keo Korn, Keo Vichey head monk.
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And a great time was had by all.
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28 September 2019, Kampong Chhnang: Pchum Ben good times.
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Security is assured by this dedicated team working over the holiday period.
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And after the official Pchum Ben festivities...

A refreshing dip in the local commune pool for the kiddies..

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OK, holidays over, everyone's back to work today.
Cambodia,,,, Don't fall in love with her.
Like the spoilt child she is, she will not be happy till she destroys herself from within and breaks your heart.
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