Pchum Ben is the most important festival in the Khmer religious calendar which is celebrated in October. This is a special 15-day-last occasion when Cambodians show their respects to deceased relatives of up to 7 generations.
In their perception, there is a time when the gates of hell being opened, ghosts of the dead are presumed to be especially active. Therefore, they prepare food to serve them. Cambodians try not to miss a visit to the pagoda to dedicate food and offerings to the dead. By this way, they show their respects to ancestors. In addition, everyone goes to the pagoda because they do not want the spirits of dead members of their family to come to seek offerings at pagodas in vain. Pchum Ben is considered unique to Cambodia. This merit-transference ceremony contributes to enrich the Cambodia tradition and culture.
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