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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
(valid through April 10, 2005)

CAMBODIAN-AMERICANS CELEBRATE CULTURAL NEW YEAR IN GRAND STYLE ON APRIL 9, 2005

The year of the ROOSTER will feature blessings by Buddhist Monks, traditional New Year games, a Khmer Fashion Show and cultural dance performances.

SAN JOSE, California. (March 10, 2005) – The Cambodian-American community of Santa Clara County will celebrate its 20th annual cultural New Year, the year of the ROOSTER, on Saturday, April 9th, 2005 at the Scottish Rite Center, 2455 Masonic Drive San Jose, California 95125 from 9:00 AM to midnight. Typically,  the New Year’s celebration lasts for three days, but we will be sponsoring this event for one fun-filled day of excitement.

Last year, where the public was warmly welcomed, thousands of people attended this holiday observance featuring blessings by Buddhist monks, traditional new year’s games, Cambodian fashion show,  a Khmer remembrance Song,  and cultural dance performances.

This year the daylong community celebration will begin at 9:00 AM with Buddhist monks in saffron robes chanting and performing the New Year’s Blessing ceremony. The blessing is followed by a display of traditional Cambodian games for adults and children. These daytime festivities provide an opportunity for everyone to participate in the rich cultural heritage of the Khmer people who have made a new home in this country .In addition, there will also be a host of vendors displaying their arts and crafts and other Cambodian-related products.

The evening cultural program begins at 5:30 PM and will feature several performances of Khmer classical ballet and folk dance, classical and folk music, as well as modern performances.

The morning and afternoon festivities are free, however, contributions are requested at the door starting at 4:30 PM and thereafter. There is no contribution requested for children ages 9 and younger.

Most importantly, the celebration of "Khmer New Year" is a symbol to remind us of our culture and heritage. The Cambodian New Year Festival showcases the richness of Cambodian life in our community. The treasured folk culture and history of Cambodia delight the senses in colorful display of art, music, and dance.

The cultural diversity in the Bay Area makes it one of the best places to live in the world. Cambodian-Americans are certainly significant pieces of that cultural tapestry. The preservation of the Cambodian culture is, therefore, vital. It is paramount not only to the collective community, but also to the Cambodian community, and the individual Cambodians themselves.

This is a time for joy, unity and friendship for the whole community and we would like to wish you a peaceful new year. Let's hope that next year will bring us a step closer to where we wanted to be and what we wished to achieve. This event will not be successful without the help of volunteers and sponsors. For sponsorship packages and/or booth information contact: Phillip Lim at . The deadline for the booth application is April 5, 2005.

Committee in General
Channary Bill - Chairperson , Perom Uch - Co-Chairperson, Nithya Nine - Secretary General, Phillip Lim - Treasurer,
Kelvin So, Layso Lor, Norind Su, Someth Lor, Bodavid Kas, Chamroeun Yean, Davy Chea, Sinoun Buth, Keo Yim, Franliny Khuon, Van Chek, Chanthoeun To, and More...

Participating Groups serving the Cambodian community lend resources and volunteers to organize the 18th annual Cambodian New Year Celebration, including: The San Jose Cambodian Buddhist Society, Inc.| Cambodian American Resources Agency  | Santa Clara County Cambodian Women's Association | Cambodian School | Cambodian Cultural Dance Group | Apsara San Jose Dance Company | Active Community Members.

 

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Media Contact:

Chanthoeun To
Tel: (408) 239-6296

Perom Uch
408-515-5270