Those who visit the Angkorian Temples in Siem Reap, remain in admiration of a glorious past. For many, it is an unexpected event in a country that is at the bottom of the poorest of Asia, with a troublesome time of wars and conflicts right few decades ago. How is it possible that this 11th century wonders seem to be unknown in the rest of the world, when they keep the same grandeur of more famous ancient treasures in Egypt, Middle East, China, South America and Europe?
Definitively, the Temples of Angkor – thousands of them spread from Siem Reap Province to the four cardinal directions of an ancient Empire – are the remains of a great history and great histories are made by great people. The Khmers of today, striving to overcome poverty in many ways, are descendants of that mysterious time where Cambodia was one of the leading powers of East Asia Pacific. Continue reading →
As Globalization grows with optimistic numbers in every human sector – from technologies to communication and from economic [including the crisis] to the disappearance of geographical borders -, tourism is becoming also more and more global. It is easier in our time to plan the next holidays at the other side of the planet, as it was planning the same some decades ago to the other site of the county. Plane tickets’ cost have gone down as much as high technologies and the frontiers of our tiny planet came to be at the walking distance. In 2014 only 1.1 billion persons traveled around the world, according to the UNWTO World Tourism Barometer, with an increase of 4.5% over the previous year and it is estimated another jump of 4% in 2015. We are talking of numbers during an economic crisis period, so numbers will be much bigger in ‘better times’. Continue reading →
The Khata or magical spell, used in Thailand and Cambodia for protection or charm.
Most people around the world have superstitions even in industrialized countries where reason and science seems to be the king of home. For this reason it is not possible to measure which country or people is more superstitious than other. Probably you have secret superstitions for any reason. For example, I use to make sure that the first feet I put on earth every morning when I wake up is the right one… But if you are living in Cambodia, it is right to know about the Cambodian superstitions, because they can make you understand some of the behaviors of your friends. Here ten most common superstitions that Cambodians believe and probably you don’t know: Continue reading →
Strain post by Suvarnabhumi shows a truck trying to cross one ancient gate of Angkor Thom.
There is not report of any accident or traffic event inside the archaeological site that would need the firefighters.
A strain post by Suvarnabhumi Facebook page shows what it seems to be a firefighters’ truck trying to cross one of the ancient doors of Angkor Thom in Siem Reap Province. I have sent a message to Suvarnabhumi about the event. The truck seems plugged right in the gate:
These two photos show what it seems a firefighters’ truck trying to cross one of the ancient gate of Angkor Thom, in one of the Cambodian national treasures. The Khmer sentence says: “Who in Siem Reap can say something about why this truck crossing the gate of the temple? What is the problem?
Angkor Thom, a huge ancient city from the 12th century, has 4 main gates at the end of the causeway that extend 50 meters across the mouth. It is one of the Cambodian UNESCO’s World Heritage. Suvarnabhumi seems to request more information about this strain event. How is it possible that Apsara Authority allows a truck to comes inside the archaeological site this way? If there was not another way to attend an emergency – which kind of emergency inside the temples? – it would mean also that there is not a safety project at the place. It is to me more disturbing than foreigners making naked selfish in the temples. We are looking for more information about it. If you know something, please let us know.
The Khmer New Year celebrations mean also the national Thanksgiving Day, but also the Day of the Parents (Mom and Dad,) although it is not expressed that way. The thanksgiving ceremony consists in the respect to parents, elders, teachers and tutors that each Cambodia should do during the new year’s eve. The rite is called “Reawakened”, in Khmer Katinnuo (កត្តញ្ញូ). As our parents provided a lot of care for us when we were babies and defenseless, now every son and daughter should recognize their lacks in showing respect and obedience to their parents. They wash the feet and hands of the parents – in some cases it is a full bath, while the parent is sitting. Khmer people use to bow down three times before their parents, sometime on the floor, before their feet. During the ceremony some children cry in repentance for the mistakes done against their parents, sometimes in full conscious, sometimes by omissions and many times without realizing. The ceremony is done during the first day of the Khmer New Year that in this 2015 starts on April 14, but schools do the ceremony of the previous week, as they close for holidays. The King of Cambodia is also center of respect as the lovely representation of the nation and his fatherly figure. Buddhist monks or other religious leaders, teachers and elderly in general are included in this moving ceremony.
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The Khmer New Year is on the move right now and Cambodia is on parties everywhere. Here some facts and recommendations.
Although the proper Khmer New Year is on April 13 this 2015, actually celebrations start one week before. Children and young people gather on night time in villages to play traditional games. The celebration marks also the beginning of the raining season, so people through flour and water on the streets as a way to express happiness and friendship – well, as for friendship, every year there are many quarrels around the country for this game, because not everyone understands it as a friendship act…
Children wash their parents – as you washed me when I was a kid, now I wash you to pay respect to you. It includes the washing of the King in Phnom Penh. It is a way to thanks the love of our parents. Then Cambodians visit the pagodas and bring a lot food offering to the monks. Most pagodas have cultural and traditional programs. During the Khmer New Year to visit pagodas is the most recommended action to do, especially during the night. Pagodas profit this time to gather funds to finish constructions or to provide some help for the same community, so to make contributions to the monks is always good.