KHMER NEW YEAR CELEBRATION IN NAGOYA
April 23rd, 2009 · No Comments
Cambodian Students Association in Nagoya, CSAN, managed to hold the Khmer New Year Celebration date 17 April 2009. As planned approximately 100 guests participated in the event and enjoyed the celebration with Cambodian students. Among those special guests, there were professors from few universities, Honorary Consulate of Cambodia to Nagoya, Kota International Association, and representatives from Hippo Volunteer Club, Nagoya University for Foreign Students Association (NUFSA), School of Law Volunteers (SOLV), Nakamura Kindergarten, Nagoya Television station, and other private companies. One guest came as far as from Kyoto city just to join the event.
Each guest was gifted a Cambodian-made Kroma (Khmer scarf) as souvenir upon their arrival. All of them were happy to receive the gift. Some of the extinguished guests who were especially invited by formal invitation cards donated some budget to CSAN, while some Cambodians living in Nagoya brought along with gifts as well as financial contribution.
The official program started around 6.15PM preceded by the play of national anthem of Cambodia.
After the opening remark of the President of CSAN and the impression speech delivered by professor OKUDA Saori, International Students Advisor to Graduate School of Law of Nagoya University, video clip about Khmer Empire, modern Cambodia and Kun Khmer (Khmer kick boxing) was showed to the guests.
Following the video clip show, Khmer Golden Fish dance and Khmer Fishing Folk Dance were performed to the guests. Although those performers were not the professional ones, their supple bodies, the smiles on their faces, the comic behavior of the Hanuman character and flirting attitudes the male fishermen captured the eyes of the audiences that they enthusiastically watched each move of the dancers in the silent mood and amazement. Big clasps after the end of each performance made the event even more splendid.
After the toss by professor OTSUBO, academic professor from Graduate School of International Development of the Nagoya University, every guest enjoyed the taste of Khmer foods. CSAN offered them Bay Chha (fried rice), Nham Sach Moan (Khmer chicken sour salad) and Samlor Machu Kroeung (Khmer spicy and sour soup) as main dishes and Khmer sweet jelly as desert.
After the dinner reception, guests enjoyed the quizzes which were related to Cambodia. Ten Cambodian-made T-shirts with Khmer ancient temples were given to those who presented the correct answers.
At the last of the program, the Khmer traditional dances both in slow and fast speed were introduced to the guests.
The official time ended around 9 PM, but some guests stayed as late as midnight as they enjoyed chitchatting with their Cambodian pals.
This great news was also published by a Cambodian local newspaper which can be accessed on line at http://www.kohsantepheapdaily.com.kh/khmer/japan22_04.htm.