Khmer New Year Celebration

On Sunday, 5 April 2015 the University of Cambodia Student Senate (UCSS) celebrated a Khmer New Year Concert at the University of Cambodia. The event was lead by Mr. Ung Niboth, member of UCSS 9th Mandate, in collaboration with UCSS members and UC student volunteers. The celebration was under the title, “New Year & Charity”. The objectives of this celebration were to promote the prosperity of the University of Cambodia, to promote and create a love for Khmer culture and tradition, to promote UC’s involvement with the community, to enjoy with UC family after a rigorous academic session, to provide fun and educational activities to celebrate the Khmer New Year, to persuade all Cambodians to love their own culture, and last but not least, to raise funds for children’s education.

Traditionally, the University of Cambodia has always celebrated Khmer New Year with a celebration for the students. This Khmer New Year celebration event, in particular, was held for a whole Sunday evening from 9:00 AM till 8:30 PM. Starting at 9:00AM a lot of UC students played traditional games and visited the booths, at 2:00 PM, a handful of people joined the event by stationing themselves around the food stands, playing games on stage and watching the pre-performance. The actual concert started at 5:30pm. Numerous songs were performed by both UC students and outside performers.

At the same time, there was also the presence of our project advisors namely H.E. Samraing Kamsan, memberof the UC Board of Trustees, Ms. Por Malis, Vice President for Operations, in addition to lecturers and staff members. The formal program began with a welcoming speech by Mr. Pol Sothea, President of University of Cambodia Student Senate, and was followed by the keynote address of H.E. Samraing Kamsan. Afterwards, there were many activities set forth in the agenda including numerous group performances that included both singing and dancing, and a role-play, all these performances made our event remarkably memorable and enjoyable.

It was such a joyful and successful event as there were about 750 participants joining the concert. There were also 10 booths prepared by UCSS for our UC students to sell various different kinds of things such as meatballs, drinks, souvenirs, etc.

The total sum of money that we raised from selling food and collections from UC students and lecturers was donated to students in rural areas that lack study materials at Prey Thom Primary School in Kampung Speu Province via a UC sponsored charity club called HOCC (Help Our Community Club).

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