Cambodia celebrates this month of April its ancestral Khmer New Year, following its agricultural calendar that marks the beginning of the Raining Season for the next six months. The period ends in November with the Water Festival. Don Bosco in Cambodia, rooted in the culture and mentality of its people, opens time and spaces in the way students and teachers can celebrate as well.
During the week previous to the Khmer New Year – in 2015 it came on 14 to 16 of April, schools follow the Thanksgiving Day or Tnay Katinuo (Reawaken Day), where children and students wash the feet and hands of their elders, especially parents, grandparents and teachers, as a gesture of love and appreciation. The ceremony is also done at the Royal Palace with the King.
In union with all our Cambodian students, teachers and Salesians of Don Bosco, we send you a special greeting with the occasion of the Khmer New Year 2015, the Year of the Goat.