Stop the fireworks: Virus puts Khmer New Year on hold around the globe

Khmer New Year is normally a time for celebration and community, but for Cambodians across the globe this year has been scuppered by the global pandemic. To get around this, some groups are moving celebrations online.

As the calendar scuttles into the Year of the Rat and Khmer New Year draws to a close, what should have been a period of celebration and togetherness has been anything but.

The New Year festivities, which took place over three days from April 14-16, joined a long list of events put on hold thanks to the pandemic as they proved vulnerable to the advances of the novel coronavirus.

On April 7, Cambodia’s Prime Minister Hun Sen took the steps to cancel this year’s celebrations in the Kingdom, with citizens instructed to social distance and limit gatherings to slow the spread of Covid-19.

In full: https://southeastasiaglobe.com/khmer-new-year-on-hold-around-the-globe/

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