Pchum Ben is the biggest religious holiday in Cambodia, which Khmer Buddhist believe the souls of all their ancestors come back to visit the earth. During this time, it is important for them to go back to their hometowns (can be up to 15 hour bus ride away!), to bring offerings to their ancestors at local pagodas. At the pagodas, they are to meet their ancestor's soul. If they are unable to meet their ancestors' soul because they went to the incorrect pagodas, that means they will be unlucky for the year.
During this time, many stores are closed for the holiday, so that means stocking up your house. The streets are relatively quiet because everyone left the city to back to their hometown in the province. Last year, our country director, Vandenn, brought us around for a photo-walk. The following photos are from almost a year ago!