Cambodian New Year or Chaul Chnam Thmey in the Khmer language, literally “Enter Year New”, is the name of the Cambodian holiday that celebrates the New Year. It is a three day festival beginning on New Year’s day, which normally falls on 13 or 14th April.
The Khmer New Year coincides with the traditional solar new year in several parts of India, Myanmar and Thailand.
Cambodians also use Buddhist Era to count the year based on the Buddhist calendar. For 2017, it is 2561 BE (Buddhist Era).
The three day celebrations include – Maha Songkran (1st Day), Virak Wanabat (2nd Day) and Tngay Leang Saka (3rd Day).
In New Year the people of Cambodia clean and decorate their houses and set up an altar to welcome this New Year spirit. They also worship Lord Buddha by placing a statue of him on the altar and place flowers, candles, incense, food, drink, a bowl of scented water and banana leaves. All these things that are offenavy are shaped into various figures.