Thursday, September 27, 2007

Bon Pchum Ben Khmer: Khmer Festival for Ancestors

You are cordially invited to participate the very important annual Khmer Festival for Ancestors (Bon Pchum Ben Khmer) that will celebrate on Sunday, October 7, BE.2551, AD.2007 at Dhammaram Asrom located in 67067A Kaelohanui St., Waialua, HI 96791
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Bon Pchum Ben or Khmer Festival for Ancestors is very important day for everybody to express their gratitude towards parents and ancestors that those people have granted them life as well as opportunity to achieve many good things in life. The celebration starts from full moon of 10th lunar month to full moon of 11th lunar month or starts from September 26 to October 11 this year (2007). During this 15 days, Cambodian people obligate themselves to accumulate goodness through offering (Dana), moral cultivation (Sila) and mindfulness development (Samadhi). Doing so, they can build happiness inside their mind as well as family, and they can spread the merits to their beloved ones. Overall, all Cambodians are aware of three essential teachings: to cultivate the good, to cleanse all evils and to purify their own muddy mind.

Bon Pchum Ben Touch or beginning day of Pchum Ben festival. We celebrated on Sunday, September 23, BE.2551, AD.2007

Beautiful and quiet scenery!

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Friday, September 14, 2007

Recreational Activities: Picnic, Socializing and Community Outdoor

On Sunday, August 19, 2007 there were recreational activities organized by Cambodian Community of Hawaii happily participated by Cambodian-American Buddhist Association of Hawaii (CABAH), members from Cambodian Association of America (CAA), Cambodian Students of Aloha at University of Hawaii (CSAloha), Cambodian Club of BYU, including several Cambodian-Americans and local mainstream people in Hawaii.

This picnic and outdoor gathering were fraternally and friendly at the Magic Island, the most beautiful beach park of Hawaii. Everybody was satisfied and fulfilled by Cambodian delicious food and friendly chitchat.

Meeting, socializing and sharing idea are good for strong community bond. Individually, it can provide us a sense of stress absence and enrich harmonious feeling. Socially, it creates unity and mutual understanding.

Grouped in the tent shaded from often sprinkling rain
Ladies have their own unique stories chitchatted under the trees
Khmer delicious and delicate food plentifully displayed on the table
They blocked together to protect themselves from the rain
Hey, shot me a pic !
Naturally, they grouped themselves with different interesting discussion topics