|Posted on April 5, 2011 at 1:45 PM|
This year's Khmer New Year angel is the fifth youngest in the family of seven and her name is KirineyTevy. She'll come riding on an elephant joined by a cast of thousands of angels. At the lead of the procession is the guide angel riding a rabbit, this being the year of the rabbit and therefore her knowing the way.
You can see this year's angel, KirineyTevy, on the cover of the book, Maha Songkran, published each year to guide the Khmer on how to celebrate this new year. The offerings are clearly stated there and the time when the angel arrives.She'll come 13:12 minutes on the 14th of April, a Thursday. You can see the angel wearing green, the color that Khmer wear when they go to the temple on a Thursday.
The coming of the angel will be announced by drums and gongs in the temples. At home, the Khmer watch the television to wait for the signal that the angel has come. It's the same guys that do the Santa radar watch. Once the signal has been aired, the family gathers around the table prepared specially for this occasion and pray to the angel to give them the blessing.
Categories: Cambodian Buddhists