Come September, Celebrate Pchum Ben in Siem Reap
Celebrate the traditional Khmer festival with Tresor Siem Reap Hotel.
This September from 19th to 21st, all you need is to book that flight tickets to Siem Reap, adorn the gorgeous white cloth piles and groove to the Buddhist chants as Cambodia celebrates yet another Pchum Ben, the unique Cambodian Buddhist festival. The crowd, the pagoda, rejoicing populace, elephant parades and bejeweled Buddhas will conjure up an everlasting memory for your mind.
During Khmer month of Potrbotr, for around two weeks, the countrymen will be celebrating Pchum Ben in accordance with the Khmer tradition, honored from time immemorial. “Vassa,” a kind of “Buddhist Lent”, has been there in the place in Cambodia, generally followed by the celebration of Pchum Ben, which also happens to be a public holiday for the nation.
Pchum Ben is a set of rituals to remember, venerate and present food offerings to one’s deceased relatives, performed by the monk chanting suttas for sleepless night and conducting a colorful & complex food offering ceremonies. Often Khmer tradition requires to trace back as far as seven generations to honor & offer rice balls and other food items.
For the deceased without a heir, a custom to offer rice balls is in place. Celebrants prepare food early in the morning and bring it to the monks at temples and pagodas in Siem Reap. At the receiving end if not the deceased soul, often priests tend to take the offering. You can even find offerings are cast away in pagodas or open fields to be traced by the souls. The ritual spreads across two weeks while the end of the period sees culmination in terms of celebration and offerings.
People believe with offerings, they attain blessings to help release the souls from imprisoned hell and reach Nirvana. Failing to achieve this familial custom will result in misfortune. The festival calls all the countrymen to their native. Most ceremonies involve processions around temples and crowds that wait outside with lit incense in hand as the monks perform rituals inside. There are also symbolic events where five mounds of sand or rice are formed and decorated in an effort to point to Mount Meru (the mountain that inspired the architecture of the phenomenal Angkor Wat Temple), the mythological home to Buddhist Gods.
During the festivity, the Cambodian cultural village at Siem Reap particularly decks up with multiple ethnic experiences. There is a museum, a theme park, mini-versions of numerous Cambodian historical landmarks, diverse Khmer culture through miniature villages, wedding customs and many more to amuse curious explorer across the globe. To experience all these and more beyond, visit Siem Reap. The hospitality group of Tresor Siem Reap Hotel is offering a 15% discount from all internet rates for your stay when booked by writing a mail to [email protected]
The erstwhile Tresor d’Angkor Villa, renovated as Tresor d’Angkor Suite boasts of impeccable service standards as well as the best of room decor and guest comfort. We prepare authentic Khmer cuisine at their restaurant and serve them warm, just the way diners love it. Close vicinity to the ancient temple complex of Angkor as well as Siem Reap-Angkor International Airport are added benefit for a guest willing to stay with us.
To visit Siem Reap during the iconic festival of Pchum Ben needs to be complemented with a secure stay with the warmth of home. Tresor Siem Reap Hotel serves the deal while guests can immerse in the rhythm of local culture and enriched festivity.