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    Cambodian Festival
    Sunday September 11th 2016
     9:00 AM - 6:00 PM
    Cambodian Buddhist Temple
    Silver Spring, MD 

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Cultural Exhibition

The purpose of cultural exhibition is to show to the public information and art and craft that are generally specific to a region. The artifacts are displayed in booths. This year we are going to showcase clothes that Cambodian wear at different occasions. There will be a display of art and craft, paintings, etc from many different regions. Also, we will showcase Cambodia central plain region and Preah Vihear Temple.

Cambodian Festival, Sunday September 11th, 2016


Time and order in this schedule are subject to change.

10:00 AM - 11:00 AM: Mohoree Music Ensemble

11:00 AM - 11:30 AM: Entertainment by Yorn Young, an artist from Cambodia

11:30 AM - 12:00 PM

  • Color Guards and National Anthem
  • Welcome Remarks
  • Proclamation
  • Paula Chea, 2016 Miss Intercontinental USA
  • Kira Omans, 2015 Miss Asian American

12:00 PM - 12:10 PM: Young Cambodian American professionals

12:10 PM - 12:40 PM: Artists from Cambodia

  • Ieng Sithul: Chapei Dang Veng vocalist
  • Chamroeun Sopheak: a star of Hang Meas Production duets with Ieng Sithul

12:40 PM - 1:00 PM: Classical/Folklore Dance by Cambodian Buddhist Society Cultural Group

  • Robam Bopha Lokey
  • Robam Kos Tralok (coconut shell dance)

1:00 PM - 1:07 PM: Traditional Chinese ribbon dance by Kira Omans, Miss Asian American

1:07 PM - 1:15 PM Building a temple show, by CCD volunteers and children

1:15 PM - 2:30 PM Yeekae Tum Teav by CCD volunteers

  • Yeekae prelude: Homrong
  • Scene 1: Teav Chaul Malup
  • Scene 2: Tum meets Teav
  • Scene 3: Teav confesses love to Tum in front of King

2:45 PM - 6:00 PM: Social dances by Morokot Band

  • with participation of Ieng Sithul, Chamroeun Sopheak, Yorn Young (all are from Cambodia)


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The Mohoree Phirum Ensemble will perform live on stage between 10:00 AM and 11:00 AM. The Mohoree music is one of the types of Khmer traditional music. The theme of the Mohoree is smooth, relaxing, happy tune, usually an admiration of nature, a confession of love, the teasing between men and women, or a livelihood of Cambodian peasants in rural villages. The instruments used in Mohoree music consist of, fiddle, dulcimer, Takhe, Roneat Thom, Roneat Tauch, Khmer Banjo, flute and hand drum.

To learn more about Khmer traditional music, click here.


This year our theme is "Looking Back, Moving Forward". Our ancestors have left abundant heritages throughout Cambodia. The least we can do is to recognize their achievements and learn from their experiences so that we can move forward to the future with similar success.

Festival Components

Classical/Folk Dances

Classical/Folk Dances will be performed by the Cambodian Buddhist Society Cultural Group of Silver Spring, MD. The name and description of dances will be announced later when they are available.

Khmer Traditional Music

The Khmer traditional music is performed by the Mohoree Phirum Ensemble.

Mear Yoeung Show

Mear Yoeung (the lady with holes in her basket) is a folklore story about wealth and reputation are built from scratch by a well-managed wife, and that laziness and wasteful spending will eventually ruin a family life. Here is how the story goes.

Once upon a time lived in a village, a poor fisherman and his wife. The woman carried the fish her husband caught in the basket, but the basket was full of holes and many of the fishes escaped. She was lazy and careless, and did not bother to repair the basket.

One day, a rich merchant and his wife were passing along the river, they heard the fisherman scolding his wife. The merchant felt sorry for the woman and was struck by her beauty and demanded that the fisherman would trade wives. The merchant's wife went along with the plan because she was a virtuous and obedient woman. The fisherman's wife was overjoyed at the prospect of being a rich man's wife.

The virtuous woman patched the basket and the catch increased significantly, so much that she asked her husband to share some with their neighbors, who decided that the fisherman had a fine new wife.

One day, the fisherman came home from chopping wood, his wife recognized the particular wood as precious, she then asked her husband to find more so they can sell it. They made so much money that they prospered and became pretty wealthy.

On the other hand, the new wife of the merchant, with her laziness and careless ways, had a baby, whom she wiped with silk clothes and threw them away in the river. In time, she managed to squander all the merchant's fortune and the couple was reduced to begging from house to house. One day, they came to the house of their former spouses, the virtuous woman recognized them and pointed out that for their greed, they had nothing, while she who was tossed away, had transformed a poor man into a rich man. The poor couple, greatly ashamed, ran away.

This story is very popular and it draws on the fact that in Cambodian society, women are expected to be "ideally virtuous" meaning that they must know how to keep order in the household, be a great cook and of course, obedient. She must also be very intelligent as to advise her husband in his endeavors, these qualities are so important that all girls are raised to attain these virtues.

Written by Ithara Phlong from a Cambodian story-telling.

We are going to turn this story into a musical show. Detail will be published later.

Re-enacting the 1960s Cambodia

Detail coming up.

Presentation of Miss Cambodian-American Beauty DC

The pageant is a cultural and educational event that seeks to celebrate the talent, beauty and intellect of young Cambodian American women. Ithara Phlong, Program Director, states that the goal is "to promote self empowerment in our youth as well as cultural awareness of our rich heritage. "

Our contestants are absolutely beautiful from the inside as well from the outside. That what is defined a woman. These young women understand that participating in this pageant contributes to the development of networking, public-speaking and leadership skills that are surely conducive to educational and professional goals.

Our pageant is divided into 2 parts. At the festival on September 6th, you will have an opportunity to witness a group of accomplished young women showcase their talents, poise and grace. On November 21st, you are invited to join us at the Miss Cambodian American Crowning gala at Harvest Moon Restaurant, Falls Church, Virginia.

Exhibition of Cambodian Arts

Arts and craft, photo exhibitions from all era including Angkor, Udong and Long Vek eras will be displayed during the event.

Live Band/Social Dances

Performed by Morokot Band, the live band will feature contemporary music, songs, and social dances.

Children Activities

There will be numerous traditional games and face painting for children.

Food Vending

Foods and beverages are available for purchase.


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Folk Games

The traditional games are played in an open field and mostly by children at any time. Some of the games being played during Cambodian New Year are:

Chol Chhoung

A game played especially on the first nightfall of the Khmer New Year by two groups of boys and girls. Ten or 20 people comprise each group, standing in two rows opposite each other. One group throws the "chhoung" to the other group. When it is caught, it will be rapidly thrown back to the first group. If someone is hit by the "chhoung," the whole group must dance to get the "chhoung" back while the other group sings.

Bos Angkunh

A game played by two groups of boys and girls. Each group throws their own "angkunh" to hit the master "angkunhs," which belong to the other group and are placed on the ground. The winners must knock the knee of the losers with the "angkunh." "Angkunh" is the name of an inedible fruit seed, which looks like the knee bone.

Leak Kanseng

A game played by a group of children sitting in circle. Someone holding a "kanseng" (Cambodian towel) twisted into a round shape walks around the circle while singing a song. The person walking secretly tries to place the "kanseng" behind one of the children. If that chosen child realizes what is happening, he or she must pick up the "kanseng" and beat the person sitting next to him or her.

Tort Seiy (The Foot-Feather game)

Usually, it is a man game. Men form a circle. One person throws the Seiy and the other returns it using foot. The Seiy could be bouncing up in air for while before somebody misses it. There is no winner orlooser.

Lot Bao (The Rice Bag Racing)

Participants put both feet in the sack and begin hopping toward the finish line.

Teagn Prot (Tug-o-War)

Participants make up two teams and form two opposing lines. A long rope is used which each team member holds on to. A line is drawn on the ground or a stake is placed to indicate the midpoint. The middle of the rope is placed across the line or at the stake. One team tries to "tug" the opposing team across the line or beyond the stake.

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Voice of America/Khmer: Dr Chanthourn Thuy

A Khmer Archaeologist visited USA in July 2012 to present his research finding about ancient iron smelter in Cambodia to Cambodian-American communities. One of his stop was Washington, DC Metro area. Click on picture to watch the VOA News coverage during his presentation in Annandale VA.


Voice of America Interviewed Ms Sophia Tep, CCD Vice-President

Click the picture to read and play the video.

Sam Relief Dec 2012 Newsletter

Sam Relief was very busy in early April of 2012 and has delivered another 10 tons of rice to Angkor Children Hospital at Siem Reap.

Women's Health Study:

Replica of Angkor Wat

We have bought a replica of Angkor Wat (picture shown above). It is a sculpture made out from stone, by a sculptor in Pursat province, Cambodia. It is 1.3 meter long, 1.1 meter wide and .35 meter high. It took more than 2 months to complete the sculpture. Click the picture to enlarge.

Phare Ponleu Selpak

Phare Ponleu Selpak (website: is a Cambodian association providing artistic activities to children and adults around the Battambang vicinity. The artistic fields are: performing arts (circus, theater, dancing, music), visual arts (cartoon animation, painting contemporary, illustration and graphic design) and social actions (governmental school pre-school through high school, child care center, and transitional youth house). Learn more ...

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