Wtih plenty of fireworks and crackers, Lunar New Year, Chinese New Year or Vietnamese New year, also known as Tet, is widely celebrated in Siem Reap and Cambodia.
People visit their families, friends and relatives and have offerings such as fruits and special food like 'Samlor Chab Chhay', which is a special kind of soup for this event, grilled pork and grilled duck. Later, people often visit their local pagodas, pray and pay respect to their grandparents, parents or any deceased relatives. Clothes, cars, gold, money (US$ in particular) made of paper are burnt and offered to the spirits. On this day, it is very common that people stay at home for the whole day and spend time with their families.
When is Chinese New Year...?
The exact dates for Chinese New Year and Vietnamese New Year (Tet) follow the lunar calendar and because the new moon changes from year to year, the exact dates can fall anytime between late January and mid-February. So, if you are planning to spend Chinese New Year in Cambodia, below is a list of future Chinese New Year dates and the corresponding animal sign for that year:
2014 31 January Horse
2015 19 February Sheep
2016 8 February Monkey
2017 28 January Rooster
2018 16 February Dog
2019 5 February Pig
2020 25 January Rat
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