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Bon Pchhum Ben

Bon Pchhum Ben is a moon festival dedicated to the spirits of the Dead. During a 15 days period prior to Bon Pchhum Ben, known as Bon Dak Ben, food is offered to the monks. On the 15thday the full moon appears. This day is Bon Pchhum Ben (the collection of the Bens, or offerings). If departed souls find their family has not made offerings at pagodas, it is believed that a soul will curse and bother its descendents. Please note, the Cambodian people believed that the parents is the first god at home and the monks is the second god at pagodas, so when they made food to offering they give their parent first and then bring the other new food to the monks.

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