PHNOM PENH, April 14 (Xinhua) -- Cambodia greeted its traditional new year -- the Year of the Snake, which arrived at 02: 12 a.m. early Sunday, with fireworks and prayers.
Colored explosion of fireworks lighted up the sky over Wat Phnom, the capital's historical site, at that time in order to mark the arrival of the new year's angel.
Meanwhile, Cambodian people throughout the country lit candles and incense sticks in order to wish for longevity, good luck, happiness and prosperity in the new year, while in Buddhist pagodas, monks chanted in religious language to receive the new year's angel.
Khmer New Year is the country's largest holiday. The three-day holiday period is the time for people to go back to their hometowns to reunite with their relatives.
Also, on the occasion, people bring food, cash gift, and praying stuff to offer to Buddhist monks in pagodas in order to dedicate to their ancestors and wish for longevity, good luck, happiness and prosperity in the new year.
New year celebration is also the time for young girls and boys to gather and play a variety of traditional games, dancing and singing in vicinities of pagodas and tourism sites throughout the country.
Prime Minister Hun Sen on Friday blessed his compatriots with best wishes in the new year. "May the Year of the Snake bring all Cambodian people with four Buddha's blessing: longevity, nobility, happiness and strength," the premier said during a ground-breaking ceremony for the construction of a new stadium on the outskirts of Phnom Penh.