At Kinderland International Preschool @ Cambodia, the spirit of Khmer New Year came alive as students gathered to celebrate the cherished traditions of Cambodia. Against the backdrop of colourful decorations and lively music, children immersed themselves in the festivities, embracing the joy of playing traditional Khmer games.

The school grounds buzzed with excitement as students eagerly participated in a variety of traditional games, each one a testament to Cambodia’s rich cultural heritage. From “Romvong” to “Monkey Leaf Game,” children laughed and cheered as they engaged in these age-old pastimes, honing their skills and fostering bonds of friendship along the way.

In “Romvong,” a slow round dance continuously moving in a circular manner, incorporates graceful hand movements and simple footwork. Both men and women participate in the same circle. Cheers erupted as everyone dance while competing to take a seat.

Kindergarten Two students showing off their fancy footwork

Meanwhile, “Monkey Leaf Race” added an element of strategy to the festivities, as children competed to grab the leaf that the referee placed in the middle of the perimeter. Each team member standing in a horizontal line and be numbered according to where each member stands. The referee is the one who calls the opponent’s number. With each successful grab, shouts of triumph filled the air, creating an atmosphere of camaraderie and friendly competition.

Kinderland students watched higher grade students compete to grab the leaf

During our fun-filled activities, young learners explored the rich cultural tapestry of Khmer New Year. Teachers and staff animatedly shared tales and insights, weaving in valuable lessons about Cambodian customs and the significance of safeguarding cultural heritage.

Nursery student is sporting his Khmer traditional clothes

The celebration was not just about games; it was a time for children to connect with their roots and appreciate the rich tapestry of Cambodian culture. Through their participation in Khmer New Year festivities, students gained a deeper understanding of the traditions that have been passed down through generations, instilling in them a sense of pride and belonging.

As the day drew to a close, children left the celebration with smiles on their faces and memories to cherish. The Khmer New Year celebration was not only a testament to the vibrancy of Cambodian culture but also a reminder of the joy that comes from embracing tradition and coming together as a community.

Kindergarten One students posing happily with Chinese teacher