I believe that I shall see the good things of the Lord in the land of the living. ps27
The new inter-provincial Ursuline community was opened in Battambang, Cambodia. Eucharistic Celebration and House Blessing held on Wednesday 29th September 2010 At 6.00 p.m. The feast of the Archangels .
Cambodians are deep-rooted family values. They spend two weeks of time each year in memory of their ancestors. During this two weeks, Buddhist and Islamic chanting through the microphone to send to the whole city at 3:50 every morning. The last day of the ceremony is a big public festival called Pchum Ben... It is very important in Cambodian culture aspect. This is a time for reunion and commemoration, but also an expression of love and gratitude to the ancestors of the time feeling. Church also followed the Custom, but in different ways. Before the Mass, priest read the list of ancestors which given by the faithful. The priest emphasized that this is the day of "Peace of Gathering", each family brought food to the church, dedicated to the altar, and we also offer some cake. After Mass, families are gathered and share they food to all.
In order to attend Mass at 6:15 am , we bought three second-hand bicycles, it cost of 37 U.S. dollars.each. The city does not have traffic lights, zebra crossing, yellow lines or red lines. Ride is free but you must look around. In the beginning we took the Translator machine with Cambodian and the English to go shopping. For understanding this environment, we walk to the temple and the park to see the people here.
We study the Khmer languages; I really admire the Cambodian people to retain the culture for two thousand years. The teacher said Khmer is similar to Thai so Jantana is expected a month to learn. Some Khmer letters sound very special, whether the Roman alphabet, Traditional Mandarin phonetic, Taiwanese phonetic pronunciation all cannot find the note. The culture of the world is really rich.
When someone asks where we live, we do not know about, then we asked our Khmer teacher. This city have not the name of the street here, saying only that region, such as what is near the school and so on. The results also the teacher cannot tell where we live. The city only three blocks downtown named "First Street", "half a street “of second Street and Third Street. Although road without street names, no numbers. Seem to have no problem.
We visited Chinese School, which is only one Chinese school in this province; President Chen Xiuhua devoted her life to education. Since the Taiwan NGO quit, there is no foreign aid, tuition fees of students owed more. There is an international school here, specifically to teach English. Some students go to Khmer school at 7:00pm to 11:00pm then go to Chinese school until 4pm after Chinese school; they go to English school to study English. .The Government welcomes the private sector up schools. University is very popular here. The school have only on the four-hours class a day, parents on their concerns of their young people about the use of free time, so if someone can do the school day will be popular.