PM and Spouse to Celebrate Pchum Ben Festival at Vaing Chas Pagoda in Kampong Speu

AKP Phnom Penh, September 16, 2020 —

Prime Minister Samdech Akka Moha Sena Padei Techo Hun Sen and his spouse Samdech Kittiprittpundit Bun Rany Hun Sen will celebrate the Pchum Ben Festival at Vaing Chas pagoda in Kampong Speu province.

“Today is the 14th day of Kan Ben Festival. Tomorrow is Pchum Ben day. I and my spouse are planning to observe Pchum Ben at Vaing Chas pagoda in Kampong Speu province,” wrote the Premier in a message posted on his official Facebook page this afternoon.

“Thanks to full peace in our country, we have chance to commemorate small and big festivals without fears,” he added.

Samdech Techo Hun Sen took the opportunity to call on his compatriots to pay high attention to possible fire and to the prevention against COVID-19 spread, and wish them happiness and safety.

The Prime Minister also called on provincial authorities to facilitate traffic and ensure public order during this annual celebration.

“Pchum Ben” Festival or the Festival for the Dead is the second biggest festival for the Cambodian people after the Khmer New Year.

In fact, the whole festival lasts 15 days. During the first 14 days, called Kan Ben, people or villagers take turns to offer food to monks in nearby pagodas in hope that the offerings will reach the souls of their ancestors by virtue of the Buddhist monk sermons.

But the most important is the last day of the Pchum Ben, which fall this year on Sept. 17, on which all Cambodian Buddhist followers, the rich as well as the poor, manage to prepare food and other offerings for their visits to pagodas.

By C. Nika