Three Days of Khmer New Year
-Maha Songkran: Maha Songkran, derived from Sanskrit Maha Sangkranti, is the name of the first day of the new year celebration. It is the ending of the year and the beginning of a new one. People dress up and light candles and burn incense sticks at shrines, where the members of each family pay homage to offer thanks for the Buddha‘s teachings by bowing, kneeling and prostrating themselves three times before his image. For good luck (according to ancient belief) people wash their face with holy water in the morning, their chests at noon, and their feet in the evening before they go to bed.
In Buddhist Teaching, the three ways of good luck as mentioned above are reminding people to do good deed by purifying the three actions which are Verbal Action, Mental Action and Bodily Action. To have good luck or Happiness in their lives they have to cultivate good speech, good thought and good work.
-Vearak Wanabat: Vearak Wanabat is the name of the second day of the new year celebration. People contribute charity to the less fortunate by helping the poor, servants, homeless, and low-income families. Families attend a dedication ceremony to their ancestors at the monastery.
-Thngai Loeunng Sak: Thngai Loeung Sak is the name of the third day of the new year celebration. Buddhists cleanse the Buddha statues and their elders with perfumed water. Bathing the Buddha images is the symbol that water will be needed for all kinds of plants and lives. It is also thought to be a kind deed that will bring longevity, good luck, happiness and prosperity in life. By bathing their grandparents and parents, children can obtain from them best wishes and good advice for the future.
The Cambodian New Year this year will start on Friday, April 13 at 7:11 PM and complete three days as Thngai Loeung Sak on Sunday, April 15, at 11:43:48 PM .
Khmer New Year Invitation
The Monks and board of directors of Bodhikaram Temple, the Mondul Ottawa Khmer Buddhist Monastery, would like to invite you and your family to join us in Khmer Traditional New Year which will be held on the date and time below:
Date: Friday Evening, April 13, 2012
Location: Bodhikaram Temple, 1197 Deer Park Road, Ottawa, ON
Date: Saturday Morning, April 14, 2012
Location: Tom Brown Arena, 141 Bayview, Ottawa, Ontario
-9:00 am : Arrival of guests
-9:30 am : Paying respects to the Triple Gem and taking the Five Precepts.
-10:00 am : Putting alms into alms-bowl, Food offering to th Buddhist Monks.
-11:30 am : Blessing given by the monks, Lunch of monks, Dhamma Lecture, Transferring merits to our ancestors.
-12:00 am : Communal Lunch.
Please come and join us in order to preserve our Buddhism, Khmer Culture (Culture of Cambodia) and to perform the merit for your present and future happy life. May peace and happiness be upon you and your family!