Virus upends a usually joyous season for Cambodian-Americans in R.I.

In years past, Wat Thormikaram of Rhode Island, in the West End of Providence, has been a hotbed of activity in the time leading up to the Cambodian New Year.

That is what Panha Sum, the temple’s president, said he would miss most this year.

“We are feeling very sad,” Sum said through an interpreter. “It’s our annual tradition to have everyone gather so they can bring food offering to their ancestors.”

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