Cambodia halts ‘Festival of the Dead’ after COVID-19 outbreak

Cambodia has cancelled its “Festival of the Dead” — an annual holiday where the Buddhist faithful pay respects to deceased relatives — after a coronavirus outbreak among monks in the capital.

Worshippers around the country visit pagodas during the two-week Pchum Ben festival to offer prayers and food to the spirits of their ancestors.

This year’s observance began on Tuesday but will come to an early end on the weekend after nearly 50 Buddhist monks tested positive for coronavirus and authorities locked down their temple in Phnom Penh.

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