This years’s village blessing and harvest celebration was postponed due to earlier absence of Rev. Fr. Pedro, parish priest of Chomnoum. After having celebrated the mass with all the villagers present, the procession began. Graceful Apsara dancers and drummers led the way through the streets, from house to house, followed by tractors pulling open carts packed with people of all ages – children, young adults, elderly, priests, nuns and myself. Whenever we passed another home, the family standing in front of their house had a bucket full of water with flower petals ready to splash on us. Everyone was joyful to receive the water blessing and afterwards some kids ran from cart to cart to powder our wet faces with fragrant talg. Oh what fun it was! I have never experienced anything like it, all generations were present, celebrating as one large family, no matter if local or foreigner. When I think back on that day, I immediately remember the smiles on everyone’s face and the laughter.
Thank you, dear villagers of Chomnoum, for letting me celebrate this day with you.