Cross Cultural Workshop: Khmer Day of the Ancestors @ Holistic Cultural and Education Wellness Center, Fresno [22 March]

Cross Cultural Workshop: Khmer Day of the Ancestors

14:00 - 16:00

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Holistic Cultural and Education Wellness Center
4867 E Kings Canyon Rd, Fresno, California 93727
This Month we're proud to present:
«Bon Pchum Ben ( Khmer Day of the Ancestors»
A Cross Cultural Discussion Facilitated by Cultural Broker: Samnang Heng.

Please consider joining us!

Cross Cultural Workshops are designed to enrich each participant’s awareness and understanding of other cultures. While the goal for this series is to act as a bridge between service providers and community these sessions also help to foster opportunities for learning culturally relevant information while providing authentic learning experiences.

Cross Cultural Workshops are unique in that they encompass various elements and each session is vastly different from the previous session.

Origin stories, handmade artifacts, textiles, traditional games, music and food are just a few of the elements that help to elevate this learning experience.

Bon Pchum Ben:
Pchum Ben is a public holiday in Cambodia that follows the period called “Vassa,” a kind of “Buddhist Lent,” and has been kept with great devotion by the Khmer people for longer than anyone can remember.

In essence, Pchum Ben is a time to remember, venerate, and present food offerings to one’s deceased relatives. Ancestors are honoured going back as far as seven generations, and offerings are also brought for those without living descendants or in place of those who could not attend the ceremonies. Celebrants rise early in the morning to cook rice balls and other food items, which they bring to the monks at temples and pagodas. The monks chant suttas (Buddhist scriptures) all night without sleeping, then conduct the colourful and complex food offering ceremonies. Some Khmer give the food to the priests, while others leave it at pagodas for their deceased relatives to eat or cast it into a field for them to find. The first fourteen days see many offerings made, but it is the final, fifteenth day, that is the grand culmination of the whole period.

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