Cambodia’s Festival of the Dead: Rice offerings and Buddhist chants

Phnom Penh – Cambodians threw rice on the ground on Tuesday (Sep 25) to mark the “Festival of the Dead” or Pchum Ben and feed the spirits of the dead.

Cambodians visit pagodas across the country during the 15-day festival that takes place annually to offer prayers and food to the spirits of their deceased relatives, who they believe only emerge to eat the food during this period.

At Tuol Tumpoung pagoda in the capital Phnom Penh, hundreds of people crowded the temple complex to offer food and money to Buddhist monks to the backdrop of chanting.

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