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The origins and symbolism of Khmer weddings, according to the Khmer Institute: Khmer weddings enact Cambodia's greatest legend. The first Khmer prince, Preah Thong, fell in love with the Naga Princess, Neang Neak, while exiled from his homeland. As a marriage gift to the couple, the father of the Naga Princess swallowed part of the ocean, and out of this was formed the land of Cambodia. … [Read more...]

Where apsaras dance….

Khmer weddings enact Cambodia's greatest legend. The first Khmer prince, Preah Thong, fell in love with the Naga Princess, Neang Neak. As a marriage gift, the father of the Naga Princess swallowed part of the ocean and forms the land of Cambodia. The wedding can last anywhere from 3-7 days and is a sensory experience-- vibrant colors and sounds, the best foods, community involvement-- rich with symbolism and traditions:Hai Goan Gomloh - The groom's processional, to the bride's house, accompanied by family and friends, music and giftsSien Doan Taa - Call to Ancestors, to include those important to the lives of the couple in their joyous unionSoat Mun - Blessings from the MonksGaat Sah - Cleansing Ceremony, where representatives of the … [Read more...]