Sen Dolta Festival: Khmer grateful to their benefactors

Sen Dolta is one of the rituals that shows the Khmer’s deep gratitude to ancestors, grandparents and parents, praying for dead people and asking good luck for living people.

"Sen Dolta" in Khmer tongue means "worshiping the ancestors". This is the second largest traditional festival of the Khmer people in the South after the Chol Chnam Thmay festival. Every year, the Khmer people organize the Sen Dolta festival to express their gratitude to Mrs. “Cha Dol” and Mr. “Cha Ta”.

According to the customs of the Khmer people in the southern region, every year, from the 15th to the 30th of the 8th lunar month, the King of Hell absolves the dead. These hungry souls, after leaving hell, come to temples to enjoy offerings of their descendants. 

During the Sen Dolta holiday, Khmer people bring delicious food and cakes to the temple and ask the monks to prayer for the salvation of the souls of their deceased relatives. 

 

According to the Khmer custom, the traditional Sen Dolta festival lasts about two weeks, when the field work is done. There are four main rituals held at the pagoda and at home, including Banh can banh, Banh Sen Dolta, Banh phchum ball and Banh chuônh Dolta.

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