Norfolk church set to mark Cambodian New Year
St John of the Cross Catholic church in Aylsham will be celebrating the Cambodian New Year on April 15 with a special Mass in unity with its twin parish at Svay Sisophon, Cambodia.
Choul Chanam Thmey – literally ‘Enter New Year’ – is the Cambodian holiday to celebrate the New Year. It lasts for three days, starting on April 13 and marks the end of the harvesting season.
During the festival, people clean themselves and their houses with water, offer incense and give gifts to the poor. They also enjoy special food and play traditional games.
Katie Maidment, from St John’s, said: “Our friends in Cambodia will, of course, be celebrating, so united especially with our twin parish at Svay Sisophon, we will also celebrate with a Cambodian-style Mass on Friday April 15 at 7pm
“Those who come to the Mass are invited to bring a small non-perishable food offering to support the poorest in our own local community.
“In Cambodian tradition, you are encouraged to wear colourful clothes, remove shoes on entering the Church and sit on the floor – all are optional.
The Celebrant will be Canon Mark Hackeson, Parish Priest of Bury St. Edmunds and the Mass takes place at St John of the Cross, White Hart St, Aylsham, NR11 6HG.
Light refreshments will be served after mass.
For more information: contact Katie on 01263 577784.
Pictured above, the Cambodian New Year being marked in the twin parish of Svay Sisophon.