Tet Holiday- Chol Chnam Thmay or another name New Year holiday of Khmer ethnic is a big ceremony that most expected in year. In 3-day Tet Holiday, Khmer people pray for happiness, abundant crop, and expressing the filial piety for grandparents, parents.
Tet Holiday- Chol Chnam Thmay is the most important holidays of Khmer people in the Southern Vietnam and usually held in mid-April (solar calendar). The Khmer uses Buddhist calendar to calculate dates, these days are also the time of harvest, after a abundant crop people joyfully give thanks to the Buddha and organize a series of exiting activities and entertainment praying for an abundant harvest in the coming year.
Tet holiday lasts 3 consecutive days: The first day is called “Maha Songkran”, this is the day people offer incense to the temple and worship ancestors. On this day, the Khmer will use lotion to wash their face in the morning, wash their body in the afternoon and wash your feet in the evening. The second day is called “Virak Wanabat”, this is the day people will give alms to the needy and the underprivileged. The third day is called “‘Ingay Leang Saka”, this is the day people use lotion to bath Buddha, children use lotion to sprinkle senior elders, they said that this activity doing bring longevity and happy.
Tet Holiday- Chol Chnam Thmay in Ho Chi Minh City of ethnic Khmer is held in 3 days with various and unique activities associated with the two temples: Chantarănsây temple in district 3 and Pothivong temple in Tan Binh district, main activities such as : Tam Bao worship, chanting for peace, preach, celebrate new year’s Eve; building sand mountain and rice mountain; bathing Buddha; art performance, etc.
Every year on occasion of New Year- Thmay Chol Chnam of Khmer people, we enjoy a bustling and lively atmosphere. These activities imbued with national identity in Buddhist temples, traditional dances, etc. which are actively preserved by Khmer ethnic and conservation activities are the specific tasks contributing to maintain and promote cultural traditions of ethnic communities in the city as well as to contribute to build national unity union, and develop an advanced Vietnamese culture with national identity.
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