PHNOM PENH: The U.S. Embassy in Phnom Penh extends its best wishes to the Cambodian people for the Khmer New Year! To commemorate the holiday, the Embassy is pleased to release and share its annual Khmer New Year video, this year celebrating Cambodian workers and farmers, a successful harvest, and a season of renewal and blessings.
The 2023 Khmer New Year video features U.S. Ambassador to Cambodia W. Patrick Murphy and Embassy personnel and tells a story of transition, humility, and respect for the everyday, hardworking people of the Kingdom of Cambodia.
In the video, Ambassador Murphy learns about the transition to the Year of the Rabbit and folklore about the cleverness of Rabbits. He expresses admiration for clever Cambodian workers and, with fellow Rabbits, accepts a challenge to try some of the work that Cambodians do on a daily basis. The group finds that Rabbits might not be so clever after all, but they can readily join all Cambodians in celebrating Khmer New Year traditions.
The video was produced in partnership with Chef Nak Productions and features the music of Picherith Morm, an alumna of the U.S. Department of State’s International Visitor Leadership Program (IVLP).
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