April 15, 2017 | 20:06 (GMT+7)
Chol Chnam Thmay New Year festival observed in Hanoi
PANO – The Cambodian Students’ Association in Northern Vietnam on April 14 held a program welcoming the traditional Chol Chnam Thmay New Year festival for Cambodia students who are studying at universities and colleges in Northern Vietnam.
The program saw the participation of representatives from the Royal Cambodian Embassy in Vietnam, the Vietnam-Cambodia Friendship Association and universities in Hanoi and a number of Cambodian students studying in the North of Vietnam.
An art performance at the event
The festival, organized annually, brings the warm and joyful traditional New Year atmosphere to overseas Cambodian students, creates opportunities for them to exchange and promote culture, beliefs and identities of their country to the Vietnamese people.
Speaking at the event, the Cambodian Embassy's representative expressed pleasure at the program and also gave best wishes to all Cambodian students who are studying in the North in particular and in Vietnam in general.
On the occasion, the representative from the Vietnam-Cambodia Friendship Association also sent his best wishes to the Cambodian students and their families. He hoped that the students continue to serve as a bridge connecting the two countries and tightening the traditional solidarity and friendship between the two peoples.
The program entertained all participants with dances, songs and folk games representing the cultural identities of the Cambodian people.
Chol Chnam Thmay is one of the most important festivals of the year for the Khmer community which is held in mid-April. During the festival, people wish a happy New Year to themselves and their families, and pray for good luck and bumper crops.
Translated by Lam Anh