Monday, May 3, 2010

Cambodia Celebrated the 4th Trail of Civilization and Performance

BY BUTH REAKSMEY KONGKEA

About 3,000 Buddhist monks from 14 different countries and Cambodian laymen and women, government officials, parliamentarians and senators have attended the 4th Trail of Civilization and Performance 2010 at Bayon Temple in Siem Reap on April 28-30, 2010 in Cambodia. The 14 countries included Cambodia, Lao, Vietnam, Thailand, Myanmar, Brunei, Philippines, Malaysia, Singapore, India, Indonesia, China, Japan and Korea.

The huge event was organized by the Ministry of Culture and Fine Arts in collaboration with the Ministry of Cults and Religions, aiming to promote the Buddhism field in Asian region and the world as well as to attract national and international tourists to visit ancient temples in Siem Reap province.

H.E. Sar Kheng, Deputy Prime Minister, and Minister of Interior, said that it marked the first time and an historical event for the Kingdom of Cambodia has hosted the 4th Trail of Civilization of Civilization and Performance in accordance with the celebration of the Visaka Bochea Day 2554 Festival which was the full moon day of sixth lunar month at the Phnom Preah Reach Troap in Udong district, Kandal province on April 28th.

The Buddhism was born in Sovannaphumi since the third Buddhist Era (3rd B.E) or the first century of Christian Era but Buddhism and other religions died for the period of 3 years 8 months and 20 days during the Khmer Democratic or Khmer Rouge regime from 1975 to 1979 in Cambodia. The Buddhism and other religions were re-born on the 7th of January 1979, along with all Cambodian people after the country was liberated by the Cambodian People’s Party (CPP) from the Khmer Rouge’s terror regime.

After the liberation day on the 7th of January 1979, there was only a Buddhist monk in Cambodia but so far, there are 4393 pagodas with 54,764 Buddhist monks.

“I strongly believe that this event will make the tourists in the region and the world to help understand clearly about Cambodia, and attracting them to visit Angkor Wat Temple where it’s the world heritage and the human property. It is also to strengthen and expand the bond of friendship, cooperation and solidarity on culture, religion and tourisms among all countries in ASEAN member countries and in region,” he said at the Civilization Mark and View at Chaktomuk Conference Hall on April 27th.

H.E. Thong Khon, Minister for the Ministry of Tourism, said at the same time that the “Trail of Civilization and Performance” was initiated by Indonesian President Dr. Susilo Bambang Yudhoyonbo in 2006 to show the culture and civilization of many centuries ago connected with the Buddhism.

The Minister continued to say that this cultural event is also aimed to develop and promote the Buddhism and good cooperation between Buddhism and other religions in order that they can be a bridge for establishing or bringing the peace, development and the prosperity for all people in the world. The event also aimed at promoting national and international visitors to visit cultural and religious attractions in the region and in the world.

Relating to the 4th Trail of Civilization and Performance 2010 at Bayon Temple in Siem Reap province, he said that the event included Tourism and Cultural Expert Meeting; Business Forum; Official Opening and Closing Ceremony of the 4th Trail of Civilization and performance 201; Candle lighting; Visaka Bochea Celebration; Royal audience and courtesy call to His Majesty the King of the Kingdom of Cambodia; Performance of the Scene of the Buddha when he was born, achieved enlightenment, and when he was passed away; Cultural and Traditional Performances; Planting Trees; and Launches of Flying Lanterns and Fireworks./

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