Festivities Program Schedule
- 10:00 AM: Guest Arrival, Cambodian Music & Food Vendors Open
- 10:15 AM: Blessing by Buddhist Monks
- 10:30 AM: Opening Ceremony & Welcome Remarks
- 11:45 AM: Moment of Silence Honoring Our Heroes, National Anthem
City Officials Recognition:
- 12:00PM: Fall River Mayor Speech
- 12:15PM: City Council
- 12:30PM: State Representative
Entertainment & Children Games:
- 12:45PM: Cambodian Cultural Dance
- 1:00PM Cambodian Fashion Show
- 1:20PM: Chai Yum
- 1:40PM: Martial Art Demonstration
- 2:00PM: Live Performance Khmer Artist
- 2:20PM: Live Band Performance & Social Dances
5:00PM: End of Festival
The purpose of the Fall River Cambodian Cultural Festival is to share the Cambodian culture with the entire community by showcasing its customs, heritage, arts and cuisine in order to promote peace and harmony among people from diverse cultural and ethnic backgrounds. It also allows us to create projects to help improve the future of our community.
There are approximately 3,000 Cambodian Americans living in Fall River who are making contributions to the city at all professional levels through their involvement within the communities in which they live.
We strongly believe that the festival experience will bring about mutual understanding and appreciation for all the different cultures, which will result in the promotion of peace and harmony among all people in the Fall River community and beyond.
We want to make it the best of both worlds by designing an exciting educational Festival event including:
The Fall River Cambodian American Rescue Organization is committed to making this festival a great educational opportunity for children and adults throughout Fall River.
Experience Cambodian Culture
Participating groups have an opportunity to showcase their talents to spectators not only from Cambodia but from all over the world.
Craft air & Exhibition
Enjoy the craft fair. Create your own crafts and learn from our participating exhibitors.
There will be numerous traditional games and face painting for children.
Lot Bao (Potato-Sack Race)
A game played using a large burlap potato sack to hop forward from a starting point toward a finish line. The first player to cross the finish line is the winner of the race and will be rewarded with a prize. Lot Bao racing is traditionally seen as an activity for children but people of any age can play in this challenging game.
A game played by a group of children sitting in a circle. Someone holding a “kanseng” walks around the circle while singing a song. He then secretly places the “kanseng” behind one of the children. If that child realizes that is happening, he or she must pick up the “kanseng” and beat the person sitting next to him or her.
A game played by throwing and catching a ball with one hand while trying to catch an increasing number of sticks with the other hand. Usually, pens or chopsticks are used as the sticks to be caught . If you have a partner, you could enjoy the “Tres” game in your own home.
A game played by two groups of boys and girls. Two groups of 10 or 20 stand in two rows opposite each other. One group throws the “chhoung” to the other group. When it is caught, it will be rapidly thrown back to the first group. If someone is hit by the “chhoung”, the whole group must dance to get the “chhoung” back while the other group sings.
Teagn Prot (Tug-of-War)
A game with teams of boys and girls pitting their strengths by pulling on the rope, Teagn Prot has a number of significant stories in Khmer culture as seen in the folktales below. Its hidden meanings extend into historical and religious realms. this game requires a 30 foot rope the size of a small wrist and a noise making tool such as a drum to signal the start of the game.
A game played by two groups of boys and girls. One team places their “angkunhs” on the ground in a semicircle. The other team, standing a few meters away, throws their own angkunhs to hit the angkunhs on the ground. If your angkunhs is knocked over, you lose and the winner gets to knock two angkunhs held together against your knee. If the knocking fails to produce a clacking sound, you get to knock his/her knee back. Be prepared for sore knees.
A game played by males and females of all ages. It is a fun game played on a mat using dice. the mat has objects on the faces of the dice. You choose one of the objects on the mat. When the dice are thrown, you win if the object face on the dice matches the object you chose on the mat. Then, you can play again to double your prize. If you win, you can play again to triple your prize and so on.
CARO is operated exclusively by volunteers. It’s Board of Directors, officers and members do not get paid whatsoever. If you are interested in helping us, please contact one of us.
The CARO Committee Members would like to extend our appreciation to all of the people who volunteer their services to help the Fall River Cambodian Cultural Festival in 2016. With your help, we can make this a successful and enriching event for all those who attend.
Volunteering with the Fall River Cambodian Cultural Festival is a great way to get involved and contribute to the Fall River community.