- Posted April 13, 2013 by
Phnom Penh, Cambodia
Bringing in the Khmer New Year
- jne2013, CNN iReport producer
Phnom Penh experiences an annual exodus when most of the population heads to the provinces to celebrate with family and loved ones in their villages.
The streets of the city actually become more pleasant to navigate, though navigation primarily turns into a joy ride as many businesses close shop. Those that do stay in the city will place offerings in front of their homes and businesses to bring in good luck and prosperity for the coming year.
At the base of Wat Phnom, the Heart of Phnom Penh, fireworks were launched promptly as monks in the wat ceased their chants. Upon completion of a 10 minute barrage of fireworks that echoed through the quiet streets, a few on lookers gathered to take photos in front of the large woven cobra at the base of the wat.