Happy New Year!
Our language school is really great about organizing events for students to learn about Khmer culture and the teachers are lots of fun to hang out with! This last weekend a group of students and teachers went for a day to a spot outside the city to learn about Khmer New Year, the most important holiday in Cambodia that is coming up the 13-15 of April. Here are some of the highlights of our time together!
We started off at our school to learn some of the basics about the New Year celebration. I got to help with the translation for a presentation on the kroma, a distinctly Khmer scarf that has a multitude of uses! It was fun to do the translating and a helpful experience as well.
Our transportation was sitting squished together in the back of a truck. Not the most comfortable of rides but at least it wasn’t long and the breeze was delightful!
Once we arrived we all hiked up to the top of a hill with a pagoda and an amazing view.
Most of the day we learned about the games that Khmer people love to play during Khmer New Year celebrations. It was a hot day and we were all exhausted after all of the games, but it was a fun time!
Our whole group!
I am thankful for the opportunity to learn more about these people and their customs. A large part of the New Year celebration involves going to the wat and giving offerings to spirits. I am praying that this year, many people will come to know the truth of Jesus Christ and want to live a life of obedience to Him!
Starting this upcoming weekend I will be posting special ways you can be praying for the Khmer people during Khmer New Year this year. Stay tuned!