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This year, the Cambodian religious holiday known as Pchum Ben, which traditionally begins on the 15th day of the 10th Khmer month, will begin on September 24. Pchum Ben signals the beginning of a spectacular and action-packed 15-day festival. What does that mean for 1Byte and our clients? Let us delve into the implications of this festival.
1. The Significance Of The Ceremony
“Pchum” means “to gather together,” and “Ben” means “food ball.” The celebration teaches young people about how to respect their family. For all Cambodians who practice Buddhism, praying for ancestors is essential. During Pchum Ben, the devout pray and prepare feasts to honor seven generations of departed relatives. It goes back to the Middle Ages and is one of Cambodia’s most significant festivals. Nowadays, students and employees will return home to observe Pchum Ben with their relatives and make their offerings.
As for the religious interpretation, Cambodian Buddhists believe that once a year, for 15 days, the spirits of their ancestors are free to wander. Pchum Ben is the starting point for souls’ journeys to purgatory. Purgatory is a place that exists between heaven and hell. Karma, as well as the sacrifices made by their surviving families during Pchum Ben, will define the course they follow on their journey, and hence the conclusion. This festival begins once Buddhist Lent has ended. Food is provided for the monks at this time in order to produce merit for those who have died away.
2. How Exactly Do You Celebrate It?
The word “Dak Ben” alludes to the first 14 days of Pchum Ben’s month. People who live near a pagoda make meals for the monks and the numerous visitors from various areas of the nation who visit the pagoda during Dak Ben. It is also believed that after death, departed relatives would wait at the pagoda for food offered by their family.
During the Pchum Ben festival, Cambodians visit their ancestors’ burial sites and pay their respects at a minimum of three pagodas. Because the monks do not eat after 12:00 p.m., the latest time you may bring food to the Pagoda is at 11:00 a.m. After this time, the monks do not eat and instead drink only beverages such as tea or soft drinks till the end of the day.
The most important activities of Pchum Ben occur on the 15th day, which is also the ritual’s last day. Cambodians are granted three days off as public holidays in October, allowing them to go back to their hometowns and spend time with their family. In addition to visiting a pagoda, they would usually make a brief visit to family members and dine together at a nearby restaurant.
3. 1Byte And Pchum Ben
As one of Cambodia’s most respected and popular Cloud service providers, we understand how important it is for our Cambodian customers to be able to enjoy the holiday season in complete comfort. To express our gratitude to our customers who have contributed to and supported the firm, we are now holding a sale this autumn in which we are offering discounts of up to 50% off all of our services. During this month of festivities, if you employ our dependable services, you can be certain that you will get the type of quality and consistency that will help you take your organization to the next level. This is a guarantee.
As the one-of-a-kind Pchum Ben Day will be here before you realize it, it is critical for a company to prepare for its clients as efficiently as possible! People from everywhere will be way more active with their purchases and they will want to choose the kinds of services that look best, that work best! 1Byte is fully equipped with the most up to date technologies and utilities to help you achieve your goals as businesses during this period. Get the most of every opportunity to get into the holiday mood, first by working with us!
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