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Cambodian migrants begin to leave capital for hometowns for traditional New Year

Date:2019-04-17      Source:Xinhua

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Tens of thousands of Cambodian migrant workers began to leave capital Phnom Penh on Friday for their home provinces for the Khmer New Year, which will be celebrated on April 14-16.

To facilitate people's travel and reduce their travel's cost, the Phnom Penh Municipality used 120 city buses to ferry passengers from Phnom Penh to provinces and vice versa free-of-charge from April 12 to 18, said Phnom Penh Municipal Governor Khuong Sreng.

"Free bus services are offered at the behest of Prime Minister Samdech Techo Hun Sen, aiming at preventing private bus companies and taxi drivers from increasing fees during the holiday period," he told reporters.

Many of the city buses, which are being used to serve passengers, were donated by the Chinese government in July 2017.

Sok Chanthou, a 31-year-old garment factory worker, said the free bus saved her about 40,000 riel (10 U.S. dollars) for a single trip.

"It's good because it has saved me some money," she told Xinhua while taking the bus to her hometown in northwestern Battambang province, some 291 km from Phnom Penh.

Phnom Penh is home to approximately 2 million people, most of them are migrants from various provinces.

As they leave the city on the occasion, the whole city will be quiet and most of shops will be closed.

During the three days of New Year celebrations, traditionally, revelers prepare food, fruit and soft drinks on altars and light candles and incense sticks to greet the New Year's angel.

Besides, they make offerings of food and some cash to Buddhist monks at pagodas in order to dedicate to their ancestors.

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