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Oddar Meanchey police walk through a street market during Khmer New Year festivities in Samraong city in a photo posted to Facebook on April 15, 2022. (Oddar Meanchey Provincial Police)

Three Youths Arrested for New Year Rape and Murder

Anger erupted in an Oddar Meanchey village as three youths aged 15 to 18 were arrested for allegedly raping and murdering a 17-year-old girl during the night after a New Year village dance party, police said.

A woman plays veay ka’am at the Royal University of Fine Arts on April 7, 2022. (Andrew Haffner/VOD)

Traditional Games Delight Ahead of Khmer New Year

This year’s Khmer New Year is likely to be an especially festive one, as the country reopens after a yearslong quiet spell during the pandemic and its era of public health restrictions.

A crowd at the Angkor Sangkran event in Siem Reap during Khmer New Year in 2019, in this photograph posted to the Siem Reap Provincial Government’s Facebook page.

Gather Only With Family, No Water Play During Khmer New Year: City Hall

Sangkran events are canceled across the city and residents should gather only within households and avoid splashing water or lighting firecrackers as part of celebrations, Phnom Penh City Hall said on Monday, further tightening Khmer New Year public health measures.