Khmer New Year 2010

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.

4 Responses to Khmer New Year 2010

  1. Becky April 29, 2010 at 12:28 am #

    GOSH these are gorgeous!!! LOVE the colors!

  2. Melissa April 29, 2010 at 2:13 pm #

    Those are awesome! The colors and costumes are fantastic, love it!

  3. Melissa B April 29, 2010 at 3:39 pm #

    I love it, not only because that is my temple hahah but because you did a good job. Thank you for your time and support, the pictures are perfect.

  4. Ania April 30, 2010 at 7:23 am #

    My little Lola! You finally got a pic of her not scheming to take over the world!

    The cultural pics are great. My favorite is 23. I love the juxtaposition.

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