Cambodian New Year at Clemente Park

Year after year, it has become a highlight of the Lowell events calendar.

From volleyball players to traditional dancers to congressional candidates, the 7th Annual Khmer New Year Celebration brought a diverse and vibrant crowd of hundreds to Clemente Park on a sunny Saturday afternoon April 21st.  Mayor Samaras and several members of the Lowell City Council were among the attendees at the festivities.

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Mayor Samaras speaks, with Councilors Ed Kennedy, Karen Cirillo, and Vesna Nuon alongside.

The event was preceded with an indoor morning celebration at Lowell Senior Center and a parade throughout the Cambodia Town neighborhood of the city.  The Cambodian Mutual Assistance Association helped promote the event in the weeks and months leading up to April 21st

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Khmer New Year Parade (Photo courtesy: Tooch Van)

The Clemente Park celebration features a wide array of ongoing games, stage performances, shopping and dining options.

Games

TugofWar

Shirts

Children’s programming included facepainting provided by the Boys & Girls Club of Greater Lowell.

Among those to grace the stage were Khemerack Band, Peuo Tatyana Tuy, a Cambodian Opera group and the internationally renown Angkor Dance Troupe.

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Peuo Tatyana Tuy

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Angkor Dance Troupe performs Peacock Dance

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Sovanna Pouv, Professor George Chigas, Sokreth Un

The Senior Center and Clemente Park events are a fitting cap off to the “Cambodian Month” celebrations that took place throughout Lowell, beginning with the flag raising ceremony at City Hall on April 9th and including a student-led Khmer New Year celebration at UMass Lowell.

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