Theme & Components
This year our theme is “Celebrating Glorious Past, Moving Forward”. Our ancestors have left abundant heritages throughout Cambodia. The least we can do is to recognize their achievements and learn from their experiences so that we can move forward to the future with similar success.
Classical/Folk Dances will be performed by the Cambodian Buddhist Society Cultural Group of Silver Spring, MD. The name and description of dances will be announced later when they are available.
Khmer Traditional Music
The Khmer traditional music is performed by the Mohoree Phirum Ensemble.
Lakhon Bassac Show
Lakhon Bassac is a dance drama. Some people call it Bassac Opera. It was once very popular in Cambodia. Nowadays, it becomes an endangered art. Sporadic performances are found in Cambodia and we don't know that there is any opera house there anymore. Chance are none. We choose to perform Lakhon Bassac in hope to raise the awareness of, to present and help preserve this form of entertainment. To learn more about Lakhon Bassac, click here.
Miss Cambodian-American Beauty Pageant
The pageant is a cultural and educational event that seeks to celebrate the talent, beauty and intellect of young Cambodian American women. Ithara Phlong, Program Director, states that the goal is "to promote self empowerment in our youth as well as cultural awareness of our rich heritage. "
Our contestants are absolutely beautiful from the inside as well from the outside. That what is defined a woman. These young women understand that participating in this pageant contributes to the development of networking, public-speaking and leadership skills that are surely conducive to educational and professional goals.
Our pageant is divided into 2 parts. At the festival on September 7th, you will have an opportunity to witness a group of accomplished young women showcase their talents, poise and grace. On January 3rd, 2015, you are invited to join us at the Miss Cambodian American Crowning gala at Harvest Moon Restaurant, Falls Church, Virginia.
Exhibition of Cambodian Arts
Arts and craft, photo exhibitions from all era including Angkor, Udong and Long Vek eras will be displayed during the event.
Performed by Reaksmey Angkor Chum bad, the live band will feature contemporary songs and music, social dances.
There will be numerous traditional games and face painting for children.
Foods and beverages are available for purchase.