In Cambodia, Valentine's Day Means Love Your Family, Not Your Lover

This is a part of our Cambodia forums to chat about anything, whether it relates to Cambodia or not. This discussion forum is at the top of our site because it's usually the busiest part of the expat community chatter with random topics on just about everything, including expat life, Khmer politics, Cambodian blogs we have or have come across, or whatever else our members want to discuss. Whether you're an expatriate, tourist, Cambodian or random traveler just passing through South East Asia, you are welcome to talk about anything or start new topics yourselves.
User avatar
CEOCambodiaNews
Expatriate
Posts: 21288
Joined: Sun Oct 12, 2014 5:13 am
Reputation: 732
Location: CEO Newsroom in Phnom Penh, Cambodia
Contact:
Cambodia

In Cambodia, Valentine's Day Means Love Your Family, Not Your Lover

Post by CEOCambodiaNews » Mon Feb 11, 2019 1:32 pm

As Valentine's Day rolls around once again, the annual government warnings are out in force. The authorities see Valentine's Day as a western attempt to corrupt Khmer youth, but since they cannot do away with it, Valentine's Day has been recycled as Love Your Family Day.

February 11, 2019
Valentine’s Day warning issued

The Education Ministry on Friday issued a directive reminding students that Valentine’s Day on Thursday is not a public holiday, nor a day for romantic pursuits which go against Khmer tradition.

The directive, signed by Education Minister Hang Chuon Naron, said some students mistakenly think it is day for couples to be together and go on dates.

“This day is not a Khmer traditional holiday and over the last few years Valentine’s Day has become more popular, making youths forget about studying and commit acts which go against Khmer tradition and shame their families,” it said.

The ministry also advised public and private educational institutions to take steps to prevent inappropriate actions by their students on Valentine’s Day.

It said students should be informed about what Valentine’s Day is really about during the flag raising session in the morning.

The ministry said that public schools should strictly enforce disciplinary rules and monitor student absenteeism.

“Be in close contact with parents of schoolchildren to provide and receive information about misbehaviour by students so that they can be guided,” it said.

Sar Sokha, a ministry secretary of state, posted on his Facebook page yesterday that some students skip school on Valentine’s Day to conduct activities which dishonour Khmer culture.

“They take the day off on Febuary 14 to go dating and that is why the Ministry of Education issued this directive,” he said.

Speaking with local unions in Sen Sok district yesterday, Phnom Penh Governor Khuong Sreng appealed to youths and workers not to view February 14 as a day for romance.

He said that while love is a natural thing, they must not forget Khmer culture and traditions.

“Valentine’s Day is not about a girlfriend-boyfriend relationship but about love for parents, teachers, families, grandparents and friends,” Mr Sreng said. “So please don’t do anything that can affect your family’s honour.”

Thou Srey Deth, 22, a university student, yesterday said that some students consider February 14 as a day to show thier love for their partners and misunderstand the true meaning of Valentine’s Day.
“However, over the last few years, more youths have understood the meaning and apart from their partners they also show their love to their parents and family by giving them flowers and gifts,” she said. “But there are still some youths who have not understood the true meaning.”
https://www.khmertimeskh.com/50576750/v ... ng-issued/
Cambodia Expats Online: Bringing you breaking news from Cambodia before you read it anywhere else!

Have a story or an anonymous news tip for CEO? Need advertising? CONTACT US

Cambodia Expats Online is the most popular community in the country. JOIN TODAY

Follow CEO on social media:

Facebook
Twitter
YouTube
Google+
Instagram
pczz
Expatriate
Posts: 1982
Joined: Sun Mar 22, 2015 1:00 pm
Reputation: 337
Location: phnom penh
Great Britain

Re: In Cambodia, Valentine's Day Means Love Your Family, Not Your Lover

Post by pczz » Mon Feb 11, 2019 4:18 pm

CEOCambodiaNews wrote:
Mon Feb 11, 2019 1:32 pm
“Valentine’s Day is not about a girlfriend-boyfriend relationship but about love for parents, teachers, families, grandparents "
Er, I think thats called incest! Where did they get the idea that valentines day is about anything other than your "romantic" partner.
if you are smart you dump your girlfriend before xmas and get a new one after valenstines. that saves you 2 present and there are a lot of available poissed of ex girlfreinds available between feb 15 and feb 21. All the ones who didn't get a nice gold chain or whatever. Open hunting season :stir:
mouytiet
Expatriate
Posts: 35
Joined: Thu Jan 31, 2019 11:29 pm
Reputation: 24
Cook Islands

Re: In Cambodia, Valentine's Day Means Love Your Family, Not Your Lover

Post by mouytiet » Thu Feb 14, 2019 12:09 pm

Yeah with my ex Valentines day was buy shit for the family, last one was buy my dad a cow !, he never got one though.
User avatar
yong
Expatriate
Posts: 1422
Joined: Thu Mar 08, 2018 12:03 pm
Reputation: 794
Thailand

Re: In Cambodia, Valentine's Day Means Love Your Family, Not Your Lover

Post by yong » Thu Feb 14, 2019 12:12 pm

"Love your enemy" has 2 problems:

1. Does my enemy think the same to love me?
2. How to love if too many enemies?
User avatar
Jamie_Lambo
The Cool Boxing Guy
Posts: 13503
Joined: Mon Apr 20, 2015 10:34 am
Reputation: 1731
Location: Naklua
Contact:
Great Britain

Re: In Cambodia, Valentine's Day Means Love Your Family, Not Your Lover

Post by Jamie_Lambo » Thu Feb 14, 2019 12:21 pm

its Saint Valentines Day, its about a Christian Roman priest who was martyred for performing weddings in secret when marriages were banned because men who had wives made bad soldiers
whats that got to do with Cambodia lol

Image
:tophat: Mean Dtuk Mean Trei, Mean Loy Mean Srey
Punchy McShortstacks School of Hard Knocks :x
User avatar
yong
Expatriate
Posts: 1422
Joined: Thu Mar 08, 2018 12:03 pm
Reputation: 794
Thailand

Re: In Cambodia, Valentine's Day Means Love Your Family, Not Your Lover

Post by yong » Fri Feb 15, 2019 1:02 am

Did anyone here signed up for this?

Image
Post Reply Previous topicNext topic
  • Similar Topics
    Replies
    Views
    Last post

Who is online

Users browsing this forum: CEOCambodiaNews, Cinnamoncat, Duncan, hanno, JohnT, King Keil, Spigzy, stephanic and 248 guests