Cambodians appease ‘hungry ghosts’ as Pchum Ben festival begins

Cambodians on Wednesday visited pagodas to mark the start of one of the country’s most important Buddhist festivals – Pchum Ben, also known as Ancestors Festival or Hungry Ghosts Festival.

Over 15 days, people visit pagodas to light candles, pray and leave offerings of money and food such as rice and fruit, to appease the souls of their dead relatives (or hungry ghosts).

Many believe their ancestors may be looking for them at the pagodas over this fortnight.

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