LONG BEACH, CA – The Cambodian Coordinating Council (CamCC) is organizing a celebration of the Cambodian New Year to inaugurate the Year of the Snake. The annual event, held for approximately two decades, will once again take place at El Dorado Park Regional Park, Area III on Saturday, April 27, 2013 beginning at 9:00 AM.
The Cambodian New Year Celebration 2013 (year 2557 of the Buddhist era) will last from 9 a.m. to 5
p.m. It will include religious ceremonies, food, carnival and traditional games, cultural dances, and live
music with well known Khmer performers throughout the day. “At the Cambodian New Year Celebration,
we allow new talents to showcase themselves in front of thousands of their people,” said event
coordinator Tony Te. Dozens of local organizations and vendors will share information and display their
merchandise at booths throughout the park.
Tickets are required for admission to El Dorado Park. If purchased before the event, the price is $30 per
vehicle. Tickets will be available at a number of Cambodian restaurants and other businesses throughout
Long Beach. Check http://www.camcc.org for a complete list of ticket sellers as well as the registration
form for booths.
The April New Year is one of the most notable holidays for Cambodians. The festivities usually span three
days, from April 13th to 15th. Each day is named in reference to the distinct customs followed: first
welcoming the New Year angels and paying respects to ancestors and monks at the temple; creating a
sand mound (symbolizing a reliquary) and offering charity to those less fortunate on the second day; and
lastly the washing of Buddha statues for luck and longevity.
We welcome you to join the celebration of Cambodian New Year and observe with us this deep tradition.
It is an occasion for family time and renewed prosperity for our community. The organizers would like to
wish everyone a Happy Cambodian New Year—Suor Sdey Chhnam Thmey.
For more information, please contact Tony Te at (562) 212-5936 or [email protected]