Bon Pchum Ben or Festival for Ancestors

Today is the last day of Bon Pchum Ben, also known as the Festival for Ancestors or Festival of the Dead. For Cambodians, the dead are as alive as we are and they honour them throughout this period. Unfortunately, I was unable to go to the wats this year, but the family went several times and made an offering on my behalf. Here are a couple of articles about the festival. One of them talks about similar festivals throughout the world. I find it remarkable that western cultures and religions are the only ones that see a distinct line of demarcation between life and death.

The Cambodian Pchum Ben Festival. Posted by ecambodia at 9/16/2011. Bon P'chum Ben is the remarkable celebration of Cambodian annual gathering. On the 15th day of the waning moon(Ronouch) during the tenth month of the Khmer calendar, … Ben event (the Festival of the Dead or Feast Festival for Ancestors). This celebration usually falls in the first half of September in the western calendar. This year it falls on September 22. It is called P'chum Thom(big festival). … — Fri, 16 Sep 2011 02:12:00 -0700

Celebrating the Bon Festival During this festival, people usually return to their ancestral family houses and visit their ancestor's grave, similar to what Chinese people do during Qing Ming Festival. It has been celebrated in Japan for more … P'chum Ben, or more commonly known as Pchum Ben, is a Cambodian religious festival, culminating in celebrations on the 15th day of the tenth month in the Khmer Calendar. In 2008, the national holiday fell on the 28th – 30th of … — Tue, 17 Aug 2010 15:00:00 -0700

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Rob Schneider is a writer based in Sihanoukville, Cambodia, where he has lived since 2006.

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