HAPPY KHMER NEW YEAR 2559
This year’s New Year will begin TUESDAY April 14th, 2015 with the duration of three days and Theveda comes down at 2pm but TODAY my celebration begins…I’m so excited! it’s this time we, cambodians around the world, celebrate our culture and embrace our heritage! Traditionally Khmer New Year is a time where harvest season is ending, when farmers can enjoy the fruits of their labor before the rainy season begins. Within these three days, first (Maha Songkran) we pay homage to offer thanks for the Buddha’s teachings by bowing, kneeling and prostrating three times before his image, drown ourselves in holy water. Secondly(Virak Wanabat ) make dedications to our ancestors and help the less fortunate. Third (T'ngai Leang Saka) we cleanse the Buddha statues and our elders with perfumed water. Bathing the Buddha images is the symbol that water will be needed for all kinds of plants and lives. This will bring longevity, good luck, happiness and prosperity in life. By bathing our elders, we obtain from them best wishes and good advice for the future.
At this time, we celebrate and reflect on our year. Appreciate your family and blessed life and also remember what our parents’ generation had to overcome–The Khmer Rouge. REMEMBER that 40 years ago this genocide made us who we are today, good and bad. It is all wonderful and Theveda allowed us to overcome. And even with the communist’s fury to change all aspects of Cambodia’s society, we didn’t let that happened. we kept our faith, heritage, and fought for (what it seems to be) eternity. NEW YEAR’s is just a REMINDER of what we should be thinking of as we go about our lives, don’t only pay homage to our heritage for the next week, don’t respect your elders only for the next week, and have an open heart everyday, not just for this next week. We all live blessed lives. embrace it. celebrate it. but NEVER forget. We, as an ethnic group have fought for this moment and will continue to fight and change for the better.
PS. Sat (tonight) Find me at UW, Sun: I’ll be at Wat Everett, Wat Tacoma, Wat Thai, and Wat Olympia, Tues-thur: HOME.