Cambodian New Year Every country celebrates New Year in its own unique tradition. Khmer, “ Enter the New Year”, is the name of the holiday that Cambodians celebrate their New Year. It is celebrated each April and the dates are determined by the lunar calendar. It is consider as one of the most important holidays of the year in Cambodian culture. Traditionally, the celebration usually lasts three days and each day has its own meaning and tradition. The 2010 Cambodian New Year was celebrated in Long Beach, a city that has most Cambodian population outside of Cambodia. The event included parade, stage performance, and food. The parade started with an interfaith blessing at Anaheim and Junipero Street and ended with a
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One of the performances that caught my attention was a group of people who were playing the drums. The drummers were mostly young energetic adults and teenagers. While they were drumming, they would also shout which I found it interesting. After following the parade for a while, I went to Macarthur Park where the festival was hold. I was early when I arrived to the park. People were still trying to set ups booths so there were not many activities to do. I decided to start interviewing people around because I wanted to learn more about the holiday. At first, it was difficult to do the interviewing because many people that I asked were either not able to speak English efficiently or was shy to be interviewed. Luckily, I found a group of young ladies who were very knowledgeable about the Cambodian culture and were willing to answer all my questions. I began my interview with a girl who just recently graduated from UCI. The reason why I chose to interview her was because I was interested in her costume.
She was wearing a gold crown and a beautiful long glittery gold dress. She was not the only female who was wearing the dress. There were few other young girls and adults were also dressing up like her. First, I thought they were all in a beauty pageant because they looked very elegant and stunning. I also saw many people were trying to take pictures of them so I assumed that they might be famous or in some kinds of