Cambodian Community Day

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    For Another year of Fun
    Sunday June 21st 2015
     8:00 AM - 6:00 PM
    Cambodian Buddhist Temple
    Silver Spring, MD 

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    Ben Bao:      (571) 276-9630
    Sophia Tep:  (703) 966-9590
    Lowell Cole:  (703) 620-3074

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Mother's Day Gala

Mother's Day Celebration

May 09, 2015 6:00 pm

7260 Arlington Boulevard, Falls Church, VA 22042, USA

There are hundreds ways we love our moms. What is yours? Submit your story by April 25 to

Cultural Festival

Sunday July 12th 2015


Cambodian Buddhist Temple
13800 New Hampshire Ave Silver Spring, MD 20904 


The festival is a showcase of Cambodian classical/folklore dances, traditional music, traditional play, social dances, art&craft exhibition. The festival also features a preliminary competition of



Miss Cambodian American DC


Click here to apply online.

Welcome to CCD

Cambodian Community Day (CCD) is a 501(c)(3) Charitable Organization established to promote, present and preserve our rich Cambodian culture. CCD seeks to integrate Khmer culture into American society to ensure the continuation of Cambodian cultural heritage, especially among Cambodian-American youths. We also work to strengthen Cambodian voice, empower Cambodian communities, bridge distances, heal rifts and build bonds among Khmers and other ethnic groups.


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Mother's Day Celebration

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Mother’s Day is coming up. Please come and join us to celebrate our Mother’s Day on May 9th 2015 at Harvest Restaurant, Falls Church VA. It is a time of the year that we must pay gratitude to our Mom who loves us so much that she has raised us up to where we are today. Come and show Mom our love as her love for us grows stronger and stronger every day.
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President Message: Happy Khmer New Year

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Dear friends and families,

On behalf of Cambodian Community Day (CCD) Board of Directors, members and volunteers, I would like to wish you a Happy Khmer New Year, Buddhist Era 2559, the Year of Goat. May you have success, prosperity,  good health in the year to come. Click here for CCD performance schedule.

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Traditional Music

(2) phleng kar, the songs of the wedding ceremony; and (3) mohori, secular entertainment music, also originating in the royal courts, that is played by a string-based ensemble. Mohori usually accompanies a play of the same name and Khmer folk dances. It consists of roneat, khloy (duct flute), tro (two-stringed fiddle), krapoe (three-stringed floor zither), thon romonea (two-piece drum set), and chhing.


The word "phleng" is a literal translation of the English word 'music". The word "Khmer" is used interchangeably with the word "Cambodian" to mean people of Cambodia or Cambodian language. We can divide the Cambodian music into two main categories: modern/contemporary music and traditional music. "Phleng Khmer" refers to the Cambodian traditional music. Phleng Khmer can be divided into three sub-categories, each of which is suitable for a particular social and traditional event.

Phleng Pinpeat

Phleng Pinpeat is performed at different events ranging from praying to Buddha to classical dances to funeral processions. The songs and lyrics vary according to the event type. The praying music is melodious and serves simply to enhance the praying services. The classical dance Pinpeat emphasizes the drum beat that coordinates and synchronizes the dancers' footsteps. The funeral type has a sad tone and lyrics that may cause one to cry.

Phleng Kar (Wedding music)

Phleng Kar is one of the major components in the wedding ceremony. In fact, it is an essential one. Unlike the Phleng Mohoree theme, which is always an offbeat and happy tune, the Phleng Kar is much sober, much more emotional. It is the time for the bride and the groom to reflect about their lives, from the day they were born, how they have been raised, the good deeds of their parents, and the journey ahead as a married person. The Phleng kar is played from the early morning of the wedding day to the conclusion of the ceremony (the thread-tying and the blessing) early next day.There are six musicians in the ensemble. They use two types of fiddles (a melodic fiddle that leads the whole ensemble and the bass fiddled), one dulcimer, one Takhe (two-string dulcimer), one drum and a singer.

Phleng Mohoree (Mohoree Ensemble)

Mohoree musicians use different type of fiddles, recorder (Khloy), dulcimer and banjo, Roneat and drums. The music is suitable for an entertainment in social and traditional events. It normally has an upbeat, happy-going style of music. Songs and lyrics of Mohoree music normally depict the beauty and admiration of nature, the confession of love or the teasing between man and woman.


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Culture and Heritage News



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CCD Trough Len - by Isaac D. Pacheco (click on picture)


VOA News Coverage - CCD 2012 (click on pictures)



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Voice of America/Khmer: Dr Chanthourn Thuy

A Khmer Archaeologist visited USA in July 2012 to  present his research finding about ancient iron smelter in Cambodia to Cambodian-American communities. One of his stop was Washington, DC Metro area. Click on picture to watch the VOA News coverage during his presentation in Annandale VA.


Voice of America Interviewed Ms Sophia Tep, CCD Vice-President


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Sam Relief  Dec 2012 Newsletter 

Sam Relief was very busy in early April of 2012 and has delivered another 10 tons of rice to Angkor Children Hospital at Siem Reap.

Women's Health Study:

Replica of Angkor Wat

We have bought a replica of Angkor Wat (picture shown above). It is a sculpture made out from stone, by a sculptor in Pursat province, Cambodia. It is 1.3 meter long, 1.1 meter wide and .35 meter high. It took more than 2 months to complete the sculpture. Click the picture to enlarge.

Phare Ponleu Selpak

Phare Ponleu Selpak (website: is a Cambodian association providing artistic activities to children and adults around the Battambang vicinity. The artistic fields are: performing arts (circus, theater, dancing, music), visual arts (cartoon animation, painting contemporary, illustration and graphic design) and social actions (governmental school pre-school through high school, child care center, and transitional youth house). Learn more ...

Indigenous People

Indigenous People

Ratanakiri Tribe

The traditional cloth making method and other crafts have been abandoned by indigenous people because of modern life style and industrial technology. CANDO Craft Center, just like CCD, like to preserve their culture and tradition. Please help support them by buying their product. 56% of sale proceed will go to the maker, meaning the indigenous people. They are the people who have a self-reliance life style. For more information, click this link:

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