Professional Travel Guides for exciting and informative tours of Cambodia Thailand Vietnam and Laos
Glimpse the Inner Beauty of Angkor Discover a Land of Treasure Discover a Land of the Hidden Charm Experience Culture and Tradition Explore the Hidden Side of Laos Experience Culture and Tradition

Click here to chat with us
Find us on
Cambodia
Cambodia Tours & Cambodia Tour Packages

News & Events » Khmer New Year Day

Cambodian New Year, April 13th 14th 15th. Also for Laos, Myanmar, Nepal, Bangladesh, India,  Sri Lanka, Thailand, Iran and China (Yunnan province.)

First Day - Maha Songkran

The first day of the Khmer New Year is called 'Maha Songkran'. Similar to the Tamil tradition, it is believed that this was the day of creation. In Khmer tradition, the world was created by God's angels and to welcome the angels, people will clean their houses and illuminate them with candles. Families will place an idol of Buddha on an altar.

Second Day - Vanabot

Also known as Virak Wanabat, the second day of Khmer New Year is a time to think of the less fortunate. People offer charity by helping the poor, servants and homeless. Families may go to monasteries to pay respect to their ancestors, and it also a time for family members to exchange gifts.

Third Day - Leang Saka

On the third day of New Year celebrations, Buddhists wash and clean statues of Lord Buddha with scented water. This cleansing is done to ensure that Cambodia will receive all the water it needs in the coming year. Another tradition is that children wash and bathe their parents and grandparents in return for blessing and good advice for the future.

HAPPY KHMER NEW YEAR!!!