Monks Face Food Shortages Amid Coronavirus Pandemic

The period before Khmer New Year in mid-April is traditionally a busy time for monks. Chanting at numerous ceremonies across the districts, they receive donations for their blessings, and villagers from surrounding areas bring food to the pagoda to honor their Buddhist faith.

But this year is different.

Having noticed a significant drop in offerings in the two weeks leading up to Khmer New Year, the monks at Chumpouvaon Pagoda in Kandal’s Sa’ang district – about 35 kilometers south of Phnom Penh – worry things will get tough for them.

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