What We Do?
Cambodian Community Day (CCD) is a 501(c)(3) Charitable Organization established to promote, present and preserve Cambodian culture. CCD seeks to integrate Khmer culture into American society. We believe in the value of keeping and passing on Cambodian cultural heritage to Cambodian-American children. We also work to strengthen Cambodian voice, empower Cambodian Communities, bridge distances, heal rifts and build bonds among Khmers and other ethnic groups. CCD Organizes and collaborates Cambodian cultural resources and present them to public through various events such as Khmer New Year in April, yearly Cambodian cultural festival in summer, Asian Pacific Heritage Month in May.
CCD is founded by a group of Cambodian volunteers in Washington DC areas for a purpose of promoting Cambodian culture. We have provided some ad hoc services to the Khmer community, participated in fundraising activities for other charitable organizations, and the foremost, we celebrate an exciting Cambodian Festival every year in the past 11 years. The festival is a token of solidarity in the Khmer communities surrounding Washington DC Metro areas. The festival has enabled us to develop bond, bridge differences and heal rifts in the Khmer communities. It also provides us a mean to reach out and share our value to American and other communities.The importance of the festival is that we have brought thousands of people in the community together to have fun and to share experiences in their life. Beside Buddhist temple, which is a religious entity, no other organization ever comes close to doing this in DC area.
Here are the CCD main purpose:
- help promote Cambodian culture in America;
- support Cambodians’ earnest efforts on history and cultural conservation;
- educate the public about Cambodian culture, heritage, custom, and tradition;
- foster coordination and cooperation with other groups of similar interests;
- raise community awareness about Cambodia’s history and culture and the importance of preserving them via mass communication and other means;
- disseminate truthful information about the Cambodian culture and related researches in Cambodia and the USA.
In past few years, CCD has organized different folklore plays, one of which is deemed by UNESCO as on a way to extinction. It also organized traditional clothing show participated by young Cambodian and children. The shows were presented during Khmer New Year attended by more than 10,000 celebrants each year.
Cambodian Cultural Festival is an annual event since 2002. Prior to 2002, the event was held in Arlington, Virginia. From 2003 to 2013, the event was held at Ben Brenman Park in Alexandria, Virginia. The 2014 festival will be held on September 7 at Cambodian Buddhist temple in Silver Spring Maryland. The festival, attended by several thousand spectators each year, is a showcase of Khmer traditional music, classical, folklore, and social dances, folklore play, folklore and traditional children games, art and craft exhibition, and much more.
CCD had organized an Asian Pacific Heritage (APH) in May 2003 in Prince William County Virginia. It participated in Washington DC APH in 2009, Fairfax County, Virginia in 2013, and various Asian festivities.
CCD currently helps Cambodian Historians Association (ACH), an NGO in Cambodia, to document Cambodian heritages, research and publish Cambodian history, digitalize historic documents.