IKTT (Institute for Khmer Traditional Textiles), from SiemReap Cambodia
IKTT (Institute for Khmer Traditional Textiles), from SiemReap Cambodia

Four times of New Year's days in a year

Today 25th January is Chinese New Year's day. It is also in Vietnam.

We celebrate the New Year at IKTT by setting up flowers and fruits. At IKTT main weavers from Takeo province are originated to Chinese. So some members go back to their home town on the Chinese holiday.

But I tell the IKTT members who go back to their home town on the Chinese holiday can not go back again on Cambodian New Year holiday in April. Otherwise they have twice New Year per year.

In December after Ramadan, there is New Year holiday of Muslim Cham members.There I am also invited and entertained by their curry. And 1st January is the international New Year holiday, and then Chinese holiday, and Cambodian holiday in April. There are total four times New Year holidays here at IKTT.

I celebrated the New Year holiday with some Takeo weavers and Chinese-rooted members who could also be said as Vietnamese-rooted in Siem Reap. There were no firecrackers but we all celebrated hoping for a lot of lucks for our new year, burning fake 100 dollar bills and so on. They enjoyed seriously the moment hoping for the burned money will come back double.

I feel this year's Siem Reap town is quieter than a normal year.The worldwide financial crisis also might affect to this town.I hear the rumor the land bubble is bursting. Several days ago, at the Siem Reap market of flower sales for New Years seemed not so lively compared to the normal.

At IKTT people from various places and who have many kinds of backgrounds come and produce the textiles. Such different cultures and thinking are blended and created new textiles world. So I celebrate New Year celebrations four times per year with ethnic people. And I need to prepare four times presents for small children.

Chaos and Blending, these two words are also the keyword of each period. The Chaos existed and then the blending of the Chaos continues to create new beauty. I think it is better that the all IKTT members will have the energy to come through this Chaos.

I wished such things by burning fake dollar bills like toys with the members.

Morimoto Kikuo
Translation by Mr.Takurou MATSUOKA

update : January 25, 2009 8:55 AM

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