Day One - "Moha Songkran" - is celebrated as a welcome to the New Angels of the year. Khmer clean their homes on this day; they also prepare food offerings to be blessed by the monks in the pagodas.
Conservative Khmer communities permit only this day for the free mingling between males and females, so Moha Sangkran is important for men and women who are looking for future spouses. The traditional New Year games offer men and women a rare opportunity to mingle.
Day Two - "Vanabot" - is a day for remembering one’s elders, both living and departed. Khmer provide donations to the poor on this day. In the temples, Khmer honor their ancestors through a ceremony called bang scole.
They also build stupas of sand in remembrance of the dead. The stupas represent the burial place of the Buddha’s hair and diadem, Culamuni Cetiya.
Day Three - “Thgnai Loeung Sak” - is officially the first day of the new year. On this day, the stupas built by the Khmer in the temples are blessed. Devotees bathe Buddha statues in the temples in a ceremony called “Pithi Srang Preah”; they also ceremonially wash elders and monks and ask them for forgiveness for any mistakes made during the year.
A giant naga was built to welcome the year of the dragon at Wat Phnom this year.
Tonight it was lit up, and it was so gorgeous!! The whole place was jam-packed with people trying to get pictures with the naga. It took me quite a long while to get some photos without anyone blocking the view.If you are in town, do check it out!
Her Majesty Queen Kossomak Nearyrath, the late king’s mother, greeted by Khmers in Paris in 1965