The MACA OPMS team at the Okvau Project in East Cambodia recently celebrated the Khmer New Year with series of festivities over a three day period.
From 14 to 16 April, Cambodians all over the world participated in celebrations to mark the end of the harvest season and the beginning of the wet season. The Khmer New Year celebration serves as a reminder of the significance of family, community, and traditional culture and provides an opportunity for reflection, and renewal.
Project Manager, Jon Malkiewycz, said the celebrations were a fantastic way for the team to experience and connect with local culture.
“Our national team members shared their culture with our Australian and regional expats, showing us the true Cambodian meaning of community and celebration,” he said.
The festivities kicked off with games and a local band playing traditional music, followed by a delicious spread of traditional food such as beef lok lak and ansam cake. From lively Cambodian circle dancing (Romvong) to the fun filled activity of breaking clay pot pinatas (Vai Kngorm) a great time was had by all.
“The Khmer New Year is a great way to immerse in the country’s rich culture and participate in its traditional customs.
“The MACA OPMS team actively drives cultural inclusivity and community engagement initiatives, which we, and our client, are delighted to support. To me, this resonates with the sense of community in Cambodian culture,” said Jon.
The MACA OPMS team wishes everyone a safe, prosperous, and happy new year!