Lunar New Year Celebrations Start in the Capital

Lunar New Year celebrations started today. Kiripost’s photographer Siv Channa was in Phnom Penh to capture residents and his family ringing in a prosperous year of the rabbit.
Cambodians kick-start Lunar New Year celebrations, Phnom Penh, January 21, 2023. Kiripost/Siv Channa
Cambodians kick-start Lunar New Year celebrations, Phnom Penh, January 21, 2023. Kiripost/Siv Channa

Cambodians kick-started Lunar New Year celebrations today with Phnom Penh’s streets full of festivities to ring in the year of the rabbit.

Cambodians kick-start Lunar New Year celebrations, Phnom Penh, January 21, 2023. Kiripost/Siv Channa
Cambodians kick-start Lunar New Year celebrations, Phnom Penh, January 21, 2023. Kiripost/Siv Channa

Residents took to the streets to burn fake dollar bills, while homes were full of feasts of food, fruit, and roast meats to be offered to ancestors.

Cambodians kick-start Lunar New Year celebrations, Phnom Penh, January 21, 2023. Kiripost/Siv Channa
Cambodians kick-start Lunar New Year celebrations, Phnom Penh, January 21, 2023. Kiripost/Siv Channa

These all form traditions that are believed to bring about a prosperous year ahead.