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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.

Love,

N.Keo

PS. Sat (tonight) Find me at UW, Sun: I’ll be at Wat Everett, Wat Tacoma, Wat Thai, and Wat Olympia, Tues-thur: HOME.

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!!