Pchum Ben at DDP

Cambodia now is celebrating a two-week Pchum Ben festival, the Khmer equivalent of All Souls Day in western Christian cultures.  During this time the Cambodian people pay special attention and respect to their deceased ancestors.  Next Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday are the three public holidays associated with Pchum Ben, but today was the last day of class for our students who must travel to the provinces to be with their families.  We allow them to go early because the transportation companies all raise their prices tremendously starting the two or three days before the public holiday.  To celebrate the festival at DDP, the students cooked a traditional Khmer meal at school and invited us the staff to eat with them.