Religions & Cultures


រូបចេតិយរបស់ ប្រេសុីដង់បាដេស និង រូបសំណាកនារីក្លាហាន ដែលមានទីតាំង​នៅខេត្តកំពង់ឆ្នាំង។

President Bades’ stupa and statue of Neary Khlahan in Kampong Chhnag province.

On April 06, 2011, the Women’s Media Centre of Cambodia (WMC) organized a party for the celebration of the Khmer New Year to come on the April 14. It is also an occasion to motivate staff after they have been working very hard through out the year to achieve WMC’s goals. It was also aimed at appreciating WMC’s board of directors for their contributions in terms of advices as well as strategic directions which contribute to the growth of WMC as of today. The celebration aimed also at promoting Cambodian precious tradition. Besides, this event marked the 16th anniversary of the establishment of WMC.

The event was divided into two main parts: religious ceremony and team building/social party. The religious ceremony started at 8 am beginning with the offering to Krong Peali (the name of the spirits that take care of the mother earth), followed by Buddhist blessings, filling the rice bowl. After finishing the religious ceremony, lunch was provided and then they took a rest. The party started at 4:30pm beginning with guest reception, welcome speech of the Acting Executive Director which officially marked the start of the party. The party ended up at 10pm. It was such a happy event within which every enjoyed watching various performances of staff, singing, eating, and dancing.

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Staff joined the Buddhist Blessing session

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Monks blessing staff with the holly water

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Rice Bowl Filling

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Just before the party (Left: Virak, colleague)

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Just before the party (Left: Samnang, colleague and best friend)

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Photo shooting session. WMC Staff
Photo by: Meng Sang, my colleague

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Joining the game session
MCs: Phasoka and Ros Kong, right most

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Let’s be dancing (Traditional way of dancing called Rom Vong)

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Dancing Saravan (traditional way of dancing)

Ramadan which is written in Arabic as رمضان‎ Ramaḍān, and pronounced [rɑmɑdˤɑːn] (also Ramadhan, Ramadaan) is the ninth month of the Islamic calendar. This event can also be called Ramaḍān al-Karīm (Ramadan, the Generous), or 11 Ayın Sultanı (Sultan of The Months). This is the event of Islamic fasting. Muslims who participate in Ramadan will avoid eating, drinking, smoking, as well as getting involved in anything that is ill-natured or excessive, each day from the dawn until sunset. At sunset, the family will gather the fast-breaking meal known as Iftar. The practice Ramadan is intended to teach Muslim about Patience, humility, and spirituality. This is a time for Muslim to fast as well as to offer for more prayer than usual, for the sake of their God, Allah. For Muslims Ramadan is believed to be an auspicious month for the revelations of God to human beings, being the month in which the first verses of the Qur’an were revealed to the Prophet Muhammad.

Ramadan is the event during which Muslims ask for forgiveness for past sins, pray for guidance and help in refraining from everyday evils, and try to purify themselves through self-restraint and good deeds.

Ramadan lasts for 29 or 30 days upon the sighting of the next new moon. It begins from the 1 Ramadan until 29 or 30 Ramadan (the Islamic lunar calendar). It is to be noticed that in comparison to the solar calendar, the dates of Ramadan vary, moving backwards about eleven days each year depending on the moon.

Here are the Calendars for this year and years following

2010 – August 11 to September 9
2011 – August 1 to August 29
2012 – July 20 to August 18
2013 – July 9 – August 7
2014 – June 28 to July 27
2015 – June 18 to July 16

To my point of view, this is a good practice for people though it may be a bit hard for each day without food. Luckily, having meal at night is allowed!

Let me wish all Muslim Happy Ramadan.