Pchum Ben Festival
fifteenth day of the tenth month, of the Khmer calendar marks
the Pchum Ben festival.
This is a time when the spirits of the dead ancestors walk
the Earth. And the living can ease their suffering by offering
them food to eat.
According to Buddhist beliefs, most of the people offer food and
other gifts to the monks in pagoda.
It is believed that it is best if you can deliver to seven pagodas
especially during the festival.
the festival, people also build sand mountains, which represents
the release of the sins they have committed during the past years,
some people also build little boats, candles and incense sticks.
Onsam and sweet Num Korm (steamed cakes wrapped in banana leaves)
are taken to pagodas during the festival to share among participants.
Cambodia people believe that the souls of the dead will come to
pagodas, hoping to receive offerings from their relatives or descendants
through the prayers recited by the Bddhist monks.
most of Cambodian people participating, this annual commemoration
is one of the most important events in the Khmer Buddhist calendar.