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Cambodian Society in the United Kingdom
REGISTERED UNDER THE CHARITY ACT 1960 No 292074
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Khmer New Year - 2008










Happy New Year!
The Executive Committee of the Cambodian Society in the United Kingdom (CASUNIK) convey their best wishes to all Cambodians, both global and local, for a Happy and Prosperous New year.

The actual date for the Cambodian New Year is 13th April 2008. According to the ancient tradition, the New Year celebrations last for 3 days. The first day is the beginning of the celebration, the second is the Middle Day (Blind Date) and the third one is the Day when the name of the New Year (i.e. year of the Rat - BC 2552) effectively starts.



About more than 200 people have joined in the celebration, which went smoothly in the atmosphere of joy and happiness.

The programme comprised of three parts:

  • Buddhist Ceremonies
    • Under the supervision of Mr Tan Nam
    • 10.00am arrival of Khmer community members and guests
    • 10.15am arrival of Sangha monks, Ajhan Sumetho
    • Request of the five Precepts
    • Chanting, blessing by the Sangha monks
    • 11.30am offering of alms food to the Sangha monks
    • 12.30pm Buffet lunch
    • 1.30pm Dhamma Talk, by Ajahn Sumetho
  • Traditional Celebration (from 2.00pm)
    • Apsara Dance performed by Miss Kunthea (from Belgium)
    • Blessing dance by Miss Dinal, Sinuon and Chantrea Blomfield
    • Khmer popular (Prachea Prey) and Hanuman dance by Mr Kakada Pich and Miss Kunthea
    • Musical entertainment:
      • Performed by our home-grown team Miss Sokhom Hun and Carl from Liverpool (Khmer songs)
      • Performed by Miss Daniele Owen and Mr Sam A Ruos (jazz/blues/pop acoustic-set)
  • Evening Gathering
    • Buffet
    • Live performance by our professional singers Mr Da Yanny So and Mrs Kammarath Lee Kimson (Khmer songs) and again Miss Sokhom Hun, Carl, Daniel Owen and Sam A Ruos.

We are honoured by the numbers of guests attended that day including HE Hor Nambora, his family and all members of the Royal Embassy of Cambodia, Mr Khan the speaker of council of Hackney, Mr Huong Kim Le chairman of VLC, Hackney local news team, our seniors Mr and Mrs Mien Tan and family, Mr and Mrs Moeng Phok, Mr and Mrs Sambath, Mr and Mrs Tan Chea, Mrs Pak Neari Ruos and family, Miss Sok Chheun, Mr and Mrs Mea Bou together with our compatriots from Kent.

Special thanks to the catering team organised by Mrs Bopha Pak Samay, Mrs Viceka Ros, Miss Muy Eng, Mrs Mulivuth Sambath and Mrs Sivna Tan, and to all participating members who had such long journey around the UK and abroad.

It was a successful day with strong supports from all members and guests around the UK.


INVITATION

The Executive Committee of the CASUNIK wishes to invite all members and friends to the celebration of Khmer New Year on Saturday 12th of April 2008 at:

VLC COMMUNITY CENTRE
Vietnam-Laos-Cambodia Community Centre
151 Whiston Road
Haggerston
Hackney
London E2 8BN

Tel. 0207 739 3650
Email. vietnamlaocambodia@yahoo.co.uk
Web. http://www.vlccentre.webs.com

Direction:
Bus from Liverpool Street Station 149, 242, 243 & 67 – 5/6 Stops - opposite the Hospital on Kingsland Road - A10


TIME TABLE
10:00Open - Arrival of Cambodian community members and guests
10:15Arrival of Monks and Nuns
10:30Religious (Buddhist) ceremony - Request of Five Precepts - Chant
11:30Offering of Dana to the Bikkhus
12:00Luncheon for guests and congregation
14:00Traditional artistic performances
16:00Roam Vung Disco
22:30Close

Dress code: Smart Casual/Traditional Outfit

All Members, friends and guests are advised to bring cooked food (some vegetarian dishes, Please) to cater for the bikkhus,guests and themselves.

For those who would not be able to bring food, please send the contribution cheque or postal order made payable to CASUNIK and send to the address below, preferably 2 weeks prior to the date of the event, to enable CASUNIK to arrange the necessary catering, as appropriate.

CASUNIK
POBox C
VLC COMMUNITY CENTRE
151 Whiston Road
Haggerston
Hackney
London E2 8BN

Things to remember:

Car Parking: From 9.00 am to 1.30 pm Chargeable at the local rates.
Parking tickets are available at 3.00 GBP per slip .They are in limited numbers. To reserve ahead please send deposit to the above name and address.

Last year was a successful one with strong supports shown from all members, friends and guests around the UK.

Our best wishes this year to all our members and friends, both locally and globally, for a Happy and Prosperous New Year!





Dress Code: Traditional and Smart Casual


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