Long Beach’s new year festival: Some Cambodian Americans aren’t happy with the name Sankranta

At Long Beach’s first Sankranta festival to celebrate the Cambodian new year, people knelt and prayed at a mound of sand called a stupa, decorated with bright yellow flowers to honor ancestors.

They snacked on Cambodian barbecue pork chops with Belgian waffles and browsed booths with shirts featuring Angkor Wat, the famous temple.

A separate parade and celebration, which has been a fixture in the city for decades, followed the next day, April 2.

In full: https://www.latimes.com/california/story/2023-04-15/what-should-long-beachs-cambodian-new-year-festival-be-called

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