khmer-new-year

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.

2011 Khmer New Year Thevada:

Preah Neang Kariney Devi (កិរិណីទេវី) will usher in the New Year on Thursday April 14, 2011 at 1:12pm (GMT+7:00). She is the fifth youngest daughter out seven of Maha Brahma. She will come riding on an elephant joined by thousands of angels. A guide angel riding a rabbit, at the front of the procession guides the way.
Kariney Devi wears clothes in the color of green. Magnolia liliflora (Pka montha?) and emerald are her ornaments. She has a mahout’s hook in her right hand and a crossbow in her left. Her food is sesame seeds and she travels on an elephant.

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Nom Ahkaow
steamed rice cake

This is my practice batch before I make them for Khmer new year’s. I was worried about the texture because my mom’s friend, who’s the queen of Khmer pastries, makes hers differently and her texture is harder than mine. But my parents loved mine! YAY WIN! My dad said the texture is soft and chewy like how they’re made in Cambodia. Whoop whoop. ^.^

I flavored the green ones with pandan and the white with almond. The pink ones are regular. I’m not sure about the almond flavor, might not use it again. I served them with shredded coconut and crushed peanuts with sesame seeds. 

Aren’t the cups cute? When my brothers and I were little, we’d pour juice into them and pretend we’re drinking alcohol. We watched too much Chinese ancient series. XD

2012 Khmer New Year Thevada:

Preah Neang Kemerea Tevi (កិមិរាទេវី) will usher in the New Year on Friday April 13, 2012 at 7:11pm (GMT+7:00). She is the the sixth of seven daughters of Maha Brahma. An angel riding a dragon, at the front of the procession guides the way. Kemerea will ride on a buffalo and come to earth with a sword in her right hand and on her left a zither, a stringed musical instrument. She wears clothes in the color of white with topaz ornaments. A violet flower similar to that of a lotus flower is tucked behind her ear and bananas is what she prefers as offering.

(Last year angel)

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សួស្ដីឆ្នាំថ្មី!!