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Another important event is the Cambodian New Year which occurs from the 13th to the 15th of April in keeping with the lunar calendar. In Australia they may change the dates so as to celebrate on the weekend. Thngai Seila � These are weekly religious days marked on the calendar. On these days, Cambodian people make visits to the temple in the morning to pray and learn about Buddhist doctrine. As Offerings they take cooked food to the temple. Thngai Penh Baur � These are moon days, Cambodian people believe that these days are auspicious times and they visit the temple to pray. They also offer cooked food to the monks on these days.
Death is not viewed with the great outpouring of grief common to Western society; it is viewed as the end of one life and as the beginning of another that one hopes will be better.
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1. How do Cambodian celebrate the New Year? Houses are thoroughly cleaned to rid them of evil spirits. New clothes and clean house symbolize a new beginning.
2. Where do the people like to go for outings? People like to go out to diference places for picnic, sight seeing, temples, flowers, national parks, seashore etc.
3. Which card games do people like to play? They like to play Six Card games or Black Jack etc.
4. How do the people like to be greeted? eg - handshake, hug, kiss, bow. Some of the European Cultures hug, kiss & like alot of physical contact.
In general people like to greet each other with hands joined together as in a prayer position, slightly bow their head and say � sompeah� Normally sampeah is said during initial introductions, or if people have not seen each other for a long time, but it is not necessary to som-peah to service providers, i.e. waiters and taxi drivers. Also it is not necessary to sompeah every time you meet a friend, or co-worker. A simple wave or hello is fine.
The younger person should be the first to bow, but it is considered polite for the older person to respond back. Physical contact may be inappropriate, especially between man & woman. Hugging is only when you meet a close family or friend or if people have not seen each other for a long time but not kissing.
However, nowadays some people or the younger generation are adapted to the Western style such as shaking hands, hugging and kissing.
* NOTE: Buddhist monks are not allowed to touch females at all and also try to avoid eye contact while talking.
5. What is appropriate for Cambodian older people? If you were walking with them would you link arms, hold hands etc.
For Cambodian older people there is no problem with linking arms or holding hands as long as is convenient for both sides.
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