Tag: The Dead

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Just like everywhere else on the planet, the Chinese virus wrecked Cambodia as well. People’s livelihoods were destroyed. Festivities, religious or otherwise, were canceled. The Water Festival is likely to be canceled later this month. Pchum Ben was shut down after the first few days early last month. Pchum Ben, better known as Festival of the Dead […]

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When the Dead Still Suffer


Credit: Smithsonian

On the 1st day of the 10th month of the Khmer calendar, Lord Yama, the God of Death opens the gates of hell that will remain open for the next 15 days. It’s Pchum Ben in Cambodia, also known in English as All Souls Day or Festival of the Dead. It is the most important festival on the Khmer religious calendar. This year, Pchum Ben falls September 6 to 20 on the Gregorian calendar. (I’m a bit late with this post.)