Location: Riverside. Subject: Cambodian New Year festival, monks, celebrants, dancers.
I was recently given the opportunity to photograph the Cambodian (Khmer) New Year festivities at a large Buddhist temple in San Bernardino. It was my first editorial type job, so I was a little nervous. And, while I think i could have done a better job in capturing all of the festivities, the people and events were so vibrant that it was hard to take a bad picture.
The morning saw events of a religious significance, as the attendees donated money to the temple’s monks and in turn received blessings. The food was blessed, and after recognition of some distinguished guests, the afternoon was filled with wonderful music and some really impressive traditional dance performances.
Please enjoy the shots. While viewing the larger versions (click to pop), you can find more detailed explanations at the bottom of each photo.