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Cambodia festivals

Posted by sandyojo on 1/10/2010 at 18:37

Any suggestions for february festivals in cambodia? sandyojo

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Posted by svendj on 1/10/2010 at 19:08

There should be something around Chinese new year probably as the chin & 'nam people in cambodia will celebrate this. don't know anything else.

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Posted by eastwest on 2/10/2010 at 15:18

Chinese new year is early Feb yes but it's not an official holiday. Plenty of people will be taking a few days off and have picknicks and such but it's not very exciting for foreigners like the water festival or Pchum Benh with boatraces or templevisits.

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Posted by eastwest on 3/10/2010 at 15:29

The only festival in Feb is Meak Bochea (18 feb 2011 but it depends on lunar calendar).
This is a true (theravada)buddhist holiday and celebrates birth, life and death of Buddha. This is a festival for devoted buddhists and only/best enjoyed at pagodas. If you're interested in buddism this is a great festival but not the type that attracts big crowds and a party atmosphere. If you don't come near a pagoda you'll hardly notice anything.

This is also celebrated in Thailand and Laos.

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