Vireak Vanabat is the second day of the New Year. Cambodians engage in acts of charity, visit monasteries with offers of gifts and money, and continue to burn incense and light candles in worship. They also hold ceremonies to celebrate their ancestors, and form stupas of sand in remembrance of the dead.
I’m deeply impressed by the focused devotion of the people worshiping – they are completely caught up in the moment.
I light a candle for my late grandmother, and receive a blessing from a monk, who splashes me with holy water and places a red string around my wrist, symbolizing protection and strength.
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