Cambodia cancels Khmer New Year celebrations

Cambodia has cancelled one of its most widely celebrated public holidays, Khmer New Year, which was set for next week, to limit the spread of Covid-19, local media reported on Tuesday.

Prime Minister Hun Sen said the four-day holiday, beginning on Monday, would be pushed back to a later date while employees of government institutions and private companies that remain open should work as usual, the Khmer Times reported.

During Khmer New Year festivities, Cambodians typically travel to their home provinces to visit and share meals with family and friends, while also visiting Buddhist pagodas to make offerings and pay their respects to monks.

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