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A Staff Party in Cambodia

A Staff Party in Cambodia

Celebrating three New Years in Cambodia

Monk blessings during Khmer New YearCambodia is a country where celebrations are customary, particularly during “big” holidays like the Water Festival marking the end of the rainy season, Pchum Ben also known as the “Ancestors’ day” and the Khmer New Year, which happens every year around the month of April.
Actually, Cambodian people celebrate the new year three times a year: the first one on the International New Year day (January 1st), the second one during the Chinese New Year (whose date changes according to the new moon) and the third time, during the Khmer New Year, named “Chol Chnam Thmey” in Khmer.

 

Monk blessings during Khmer New Year

The Khmer New Year is one of the most important holidays in Cambodia as it marks the end of the harvest season. This year, it happened between April 14th and 16th, 2013 and for Khmer people, it is called the “Year of the Snake 2557”. During those days, Khmer people usually return to their home villages (often in other provinces than the one they work in) and enjoy spending time with their family during traditional and religious celebrations. That is why the Khmer New Year Staff Parties are celebrated before the real dates of the holidays.

A day like no other

Fun in CambodiaArtisans Angkor celebrated its Khmer New Year with its employees on April 6th, 2013.
At the early beginning of the day, everyone gathered at the Angkor Silk Farm, located 20min from Siem Reap center in Puok district, where Buddhist monks held a blessing ceremony. Like all staff ceremonies, it was followed by a traditional Khmer meal. Afterwards, traditional games were played: musical chairs, sack races and slow bike races.

It was a cheerful morning during which we spent a great times and a lot of fun.

Party in CambodiaAfter a well-deserved break in the afternoon, the evening Staff Party started to take place around 5pm. Over 1000 employees of Artisans Angkor joined the event. A video showing the highlights of year 2012 was broadcast at the beginning of the party in order to make the staff realize the evolution of the company.

An impressive performance executed by talented artists from Phare the Cambodian Circus was offered as entertainment during the dinner. It was followed by a show of famous Cambodian comedians called Mr. PROM Manh and Ms. YEY Yoy (which means “Old woman” in Khmer!) that made the whole audience shriek with laughter.

 

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