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The cultural diversity in the Bay Area makes it one of the best places to live in the world. Cambodian-Americans are certainly significant pieces of that cultural tapestry. The preservation of the Cambodian culture is, therefore, vital. It is paramount not only to the collective community, but also to the Cambodian community, and the individual Cambodians themselves.


Friday, April 10, 2009

Cambodian-Americans Celebrate Cultural New Year in Grand Style on Saturday, April 11, 2009 at Napredak Hall, San Jose, California

Cambodian-Americans Celebrate Cultural New Year in Grand Style on Saturday, April 11, 2009 at Napredak Hall, San Jose, California

Year of Ox, the culture event will Feature Special Guest San Jose Mayor Chuck Reed, Keynote Speaker Mr. Kelvin So, Khmer Singing Contest Hosted by Samphet Khieu, Classical Skit/Fashion Show, Cultural Dance Performances, and Followed by Social Dance Accompanied by Miss Molyna and Mr. Samphet Khieu.

SAN JOSE, California. (April 10, 2009) – The Cambodian-American community of Santa Clara County will celebrate its 25th annual cultural New Year, year of the OX, on Saturday, April 11th, 2009 at the Napredak Hall, 770 Montague Expy, San Jose, 95131 from 6:00PM to midnight.

This year, the cultural ceremonies (DAY TIME FESTIVITIES) will be held at Wat Khmer San Jose, the San Jose Cambodia Buddhist Society, Inc. The day long community celebration will begin at 9:00 AM and lasts for several days with Buddhist monks in saffron robes chanting and performing the New Year’s Blessing ceremony. These daytime festivities provide an opportunity for everyone to participate in the rich cultural heritage of the Khmer people who have made a new home in this country. In addition, there will also be a host of vendors displaying their arts and crafts and other Cambodian-related products.

The evening cultural program (ONE EVENING FESTIVITIES) begins at 6:00 PM and will feature several performances of Khmer classical ballet and folk dance, classical and folk music, as well as modern performances. This year will also highlight, Khmer Singing Contest, special guest San Jose Mayor Chuck Reed, Keynote Speaker Mr. Kelvin So who is the role model of being very active in community, and a Classical Skit/Fashion Show.

Most importantly, the celebration of "Khmer New Year” is a symbol to remind us of our culture and heritage. The Cambodian New Year Festival showcases the richness of Cambodian life in our community. The treasured folk culture and history of Cambodia delight the senses in colorful display of art, music, and dance.

The cultural diversity in the Bay Area makes it one of the best places to live in the world. Cambodian-Americans are certainly significant pieces of that cultural tapestry. The preservation of the Cambodian culture is, therefore, vital. It is paramount not only to the collective community, but also to the Cambodian community, and the individual Cambodians themselves.

This is a time for joy, unity and friendship for the whole community and we would like to wish you a peaceful new year. Let's hope that next year will bring us a step closer to where we wanted to be and what we wished to achieve. This event will not be successful without the help of volunteers and sponsors.

About Cambodian New Year 2009 Committee:
This year the Cambodian community in Santa Clara County, in collaboration with the San Jose Cambodian Buddhist Society (Wat Khmer San Jose ), the Santa Clara Cambodian Women Association, the Cambodian American Resource Agency, Cambodian Dance Troupe of San Jose, Cambodian School, and active community members, including volunteers and performers.

Miss Davy Chea - Co-Chair, Miss Kara Uy - Co-Chair,

Bilands Dy, Chamroen Yean, Channary Bill, Chanthoeun To, Charya Burt, Chhavy Nou, Colin Bill, Dara Kas (Yap), Freedman Ouk, Heng Sao, Jennifer Chan, Judi L Boun, Julie Dean, Kas Thon, Kelvin So, Keo Sarun, Kim Sreang Say, Kouern Seu, Layso Lor, Lee Anne C. Uch, Lena Y. Meas, Leslie Kim, Lillian Phannthay, Mony Khieu, Nepar Pen, Oulisany Chea, Perom Uch, Phalarine Yauy, Phillip Lim, Poev Halverson, Raline Von-Beulow, Ryan Robertson, Sambo Ouch, Sambun Boun, Sameth Lor, Savary Dean, Sivind Tep, Sokna Sar, Sokun Boun, Solida Chan, Sopheap Ngar, Sophy Saing, Sothy Prom, Sovandy Hang, Sucheali So, Tahry Ros, Thana Robertson, Thida Chhit, Vinita Kylin, Vuthy Meas

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