Cambodia: Ancestors' Day (Pchum Ben Festival)

Ancestors’ Day, known as Pchum Ben Festival, is a sacred occasion in Cambodia, honouring ancestors and deceased relatives. Celebrated over 15 days in the Khmer month of Pheakta Bot, typically in September or October, it is a time for Cambodians to pay respects through rituals and offerings at pagodas. Families gather to offer food to their ancestors, seeking blessings and peace for departed souls. The festival blends spiritual reverence with communal bonding, reflecting Cambodia's deep-rooted cultural traditions and respect for ancestral heritage.