Happy 2556! Khmer New Year on the Common

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2012/2556 – The Year of the Dragon. Here are a few photos from today’s celebration on Lynn Common.

A crowd gathers by the stage, set in front of the Frederick Douglass Bandstand on the Lynn Common, for a full day’s worth of entertainment, including speeches from local pols, fashion shows, dance troupes, and live music.

Asian food was available from a variety of vendors and community organizations set up information tables around the perimeter.


Placed centrally near the stage – this represents a good harvest.



Children playing familiar games with a cultural twist (or pull in this case).


Festival volunteers start a dance session, others soon join in.


Community Recognition Awards and a raffle before the band Fanta-Z begins playing.


Zachary Say receives a check for his winning T-Shirt design representing the Year of the Dragon, presented by Harry Shnur.


The Cambodian flag on the Common, also raised at City Hall




For more pictures of the festival’s traditions and a more complete experience, including sound recordings, see coverage from 2011 and 2010‘s Khmer New Years.



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  4 comments for “Happy 2556! Khmer New Year on the Common

  1. Sam
    March 10, 2013 at 11:26 am

    Hi! Harry: khmer community doing
    New Year Festival in Lynn Common again this this 2013. I am checking online, and did not see any posting. I am looking forward to new year festival and like to get some table for vendor.

  2. Harry Schnur
    April 30, 2012 at 10:57 am

    Correction: Zachary Say received a check for his winning T-Shirt design representing the year of the dragon.

  3. April 29, 2012 at 4:39 pm

    Thank you! I’ll add his name under the photo. Sorry for the less-than-professional job. I usually try to get names. However, yesterday’s schedule was very hectic.

  4. Chau Sonny
    April 29, 2012 at 2:41 pm

    Award recipient name: Zachary Say

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