Tag Archive | Cambodian culture

Cambodian cuisine

The Cambodian food is generally overlooked, even by some expatriates who have lived in the country for years. In the Southeast Asian region, the most internationally famous cuisines come from Thailand and Vietnam. You can find Thai and Viet restaurants in all continents, but it is more uncommon to see a Cambodian restaurant – though there are. As many other things of the Cambodian culture, its cuisine has been hidden by decades of wars and conflicts, but we are in the golden time of tourism and knowing it can be a delicious adventure.

Before the 2004’s Cambodian tourism boom and due to high poverty and economic stagnation, good restaurants were about international food – Western, especially French, Chinese, Thai and Vietnamese. Cambodian restaurants were places with poor hygienic avoided by foreigners that were afraid of getting an infection.  Read More…

Cambodian culture

The Cambodian Culture includes many cultural representations from different human groups present in the Cambodian territory, but also outside the country. Although the Khmer Ethnic is the major group in Cambodia, there are also other ethnic minority groups that make a great contribution to the national identity. But Khmer is also an ethnic minority in other countries, especially in the Thai province of Sarim and in the Vietnamese Mekong Delta. In Thailand they are known as Khmer-Sarim and in the Vietnam as Khmer Krom (from Low Cambodia). With the migration of Cambodians to other continents and their eventual return – many of them born abroad – it is possible to speak about Khmer-American (Khmericans in short), Khmer-French, etc.  Read More…

Khmer New Year on the spot

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.

Welcoming 2013 in Kep Province

Welcoming 2013 in Kep Province

See how Cambodians celebrate the new international year 2013 in Kep City at the Don Bosco Boulevard.
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