Thai Ambassador Appreciates Cambodian Information Minister’s Donation at Royal Kathina Robes Offering Ceremony

AKP Phnom Penh, October 21, 2020 —

Thai Ambassador to Cambodia H.E. Panyarak Poolthup has sent an appreciation letter to Cambodian Minister of Information H.E. Khieu Kanharith for his donation at the recent Thai Royal Kathina Robes Offering Ceremony.

“I have the honour to convey my sincere appreciation to Your Excellency for your kind donation at the Royal Kathina Robes Offering Ceremony at Indo-Cambodia Dhamma Niramit Monastery on Oct. 4, 2020,” wrote the Thai diplomat in his letter.

According to H.E. Panyarak Poolthup, the total amount of donation from His Majesty Maha Vajiralongkorn Phra Vajiraklaochaoyuhua, King of Thailand, the Thai Community in Cambodia, and Cambodians is US$32,664.

The amount of money was presented to His Holiness Samdech Preah Abhisiri Sugandha Mahasangharajah Dhipati Bour Kry (Pic. 1), Great Supreme Patriarch of Dhammayuttikaya of the Kingdom of Cambodia, during the said ceremony, he added.

Cambodia is celebrating the annual Kathina Festival, one of the biggest Buddhist festivals in the Kingdom from Oct. 3 to 31.

The term “Kathina”, taken from Pali means pieces of cloth, or Chivara, Buddhist monks’ robes, offered by worshippers to the monks who did not leave their pagodas to collect alms as usual for three months (Chol Vossa or Rainy Retreat).

Every year, fifteen days after the Pchum Ben Festival (Festival for the Dead) succeeds the period of Kathina which lasts almost a month, from the first day of the waning moon of Assoch to the fifteenth day of the full moon of Kattik.

During this period of twenty-nine days, Cambodian people of all social backgrounds jointly contribute their donations, either in materials or cash, for the Buddhist monks to build achievements inside their respective pagodas or communities.

Overall, Kathina, celebrated every year throughout Cambodia, is a festival of solidarity between people from all walks of life.

By C. Nika