The laid-back city of Sihanoukville in southern Cambodia may not be as busy as the capital city of Phnom Penh, but it has its fair share of fun events that deserve an international audience. Events of local culture and festivals in Sihanoukville run throughout the year and are looked forward to by locals and tourists.
Cambodia has a number of festivals and one of the most popular is the Bonn Kathen Festival that is held in Sihanoukville during the whole month of October (although dates may change depending on the Lunar calendar). It is a revered religious festival that marks the end of Buddhist Lent. The highlight is the sight of monks lining up the streets as they slowly march to the temples. This is one of the few occasions when monks come out of retreat and take off their old yellow-orange saffron robes to put on new ones that have been offered by devotees. Devotees see this as an opportunity to gain spiritual merits. People from all over Sihanouk and nearby towns join the monks in the slow and solemn processions. [Read more…]