Khmer New Year
Cambodian Khmer New Year is usually a three days public holiday in Cambodia.The three days of celebration each have their own name meaning related to khmer traditions the first day of the Khmer New Year is believed that this was the day of creation all khmer people will clean their houses and illuminate them with candles. Families will place an idol of Buddha on an altar.
The second day of Khmer New Year is a time to think of the less fortunate. People offer charity by helping the poor, servants and homeless. Families may go to monasteries to pay respect to their ancestors, and it also a time for family members to exchange gifts.
The third day of New Year celebrations Buddhists wash and clean statues of Lord Buddha with scented water. This cleansing is done to ensure that Cambodia will receive all the water it needs in the coming year.
The street corners often are crowded with friends and families enjoying a break from routine, filling their free time dancing and play. Typically Khmer games.
Cambodian Water Festival
The festival marks the changing of the flow of the Tonle Sap River and is also seen as thanksgiving to the Mekong River for providing the country with fertile land and abundant fish. The festival marks a reversal of the flow between the Mekong and Tonle Sap rivers. Due to the amount of water deposited during the rainy season, the Tonle Sap river becomes so swollen with water that it reverses the direction of its flow and flows upstream to Tonle Sap lake. In a remarkable phenomenon, the Tonle Sap River earlier reverses its course as the rainy season progresses, with the river flowing "upstream" to Tonle Sap Lake. Then as the rainy season tapers off, the river changes direction once again as the swollen Tonle Sap Lake begins to empty back into the Mekong River, leaving behind vast quantities of fish.
They might be arrange activities on the rivers such as boat racing, concerts, fire work, parade and displays of achievement of each ministry of Cambodia Government.