This Colorful Dallas Temple Is Hosting A Free Cambodian New Year Celebration This Spring
A trip to Southeast Asia with no airplane involved.
A trip to Southeast Asia is probably on many Texan's bucket lists. However, if you haven't been able to include it in your 2020 travel plans there's no need to worry because this April, Dallas is celebrating Southeast Asia's Khmer New Year with a huge Cambodian New Year's celebration. This means you'll get to enjoy a good dose of Asia's colors, dances, traditions, and delicious food without having to break the bank on a plane ticket.
Although Cambodia celebrates their Khmer New Year from April 14 to 16 this 2020, the festivities in Dallas are scheduled before that, from April 10 to 12.
The designated location for the celebration is, of course, the picturesque Cambodian Buddhist Temple of Dallas.
Get ready to enjoy traditional Buddhist ceremonies, monks chants, and an array of artistic presentations including traditional dances.
There will also be craft vendors on site, and even better, a giant display of Cambodia's (and other Asian countries) best-known street delicacies. Hungry yet?
The event is scheduled to begin on Friday, April 10, however, that day will only include the evening prayers that begin at 6:00 p.m.
The most significant part of the celebrations will be taking place at the temple on both Saturday and Sunday at 9:00 a.m.
Be sure to arrive on time that way you and your friends can get a good spot.
The Cambodian New Year 2020 Celebration is entirely free for anyone who wants to attend. That way, you can save your money for the yummy food and the vendors' unique creations!
Make sure to stop by the ATM before going to this event because all of the food and craft vendors will be accepting cash only.
"We know a lot of you are looking forward to the food vendors at the celebration. You will find all types of Southeast Asian street food here," said the organizers of the event.
If you are familiar with Asian food, at the event you'll find some great street classics, including grilled squid, Chet Chien (fried bananas), beef, chicken or pork skewers, green papaya salad, or a comforting bowl of pho.
Soft beverages will also be available for purchase.
After your meal, don't miss the opportunity to take part in some of the events.
On Saturday, they will have morning devotional prayers and chants by the resident monks and other spiritual ceremonies.
At noon, a communal lunch will be served for all the attendees, and traditional Khmer cultural performances will take place (including dance) by Selepak Khmer Angkor.
After that, from 7:00 to 10:00 p.m., prepare to move to the music of the Samaun Band that will perform live with Hang Piseyand as a guest singer. Don't forget your dancing shoes!
The Sunday program is similar, though it will include other celebratory acts such as a parade around the main pagoda, or Sraung Preah, the sprinkling of holy water on Buddhist images.
You can check the full list of activities that are scheduled for the weekend here so that you don't miss a thing.
Cambodian New Year Celebration
When: Friday, April 10 - Sunday, April 12
Address: 5701 Crystal Lake Blvd., Dallas, TX
Why You Need To Go: You'll witness the arrival of the Cambodian New Lunar Year in Dallas this April with a three-day celebration that includes colorful rituals, monk chants, artistic and cultural live performances, and endless amounts of mouthwatering Asian street food.