Search form

Login - Register | FOLLOW US ON

Logo of Phnom Penh Post newspaper Phnom Penh Post - New laymen ready for service

New laymen ready for service

Prime Minister Hun Sen attended a ceremony yesterday in Koh Pich to mark the end of training for more than 3,000 white-clad laymen and laywomen destined to help oversee traditional events including weddings, funerals and ceremonies at pagodas.

Vay Vibol, official layman for wedding ceremonies at the Ministry of Cults and Religion, said that while the training was concluded for the current batch of recruits, there’s still work to be done.

The ministry “will open more courses next time, because there are more laymen and laywomen who have not been trained yet,” he said.

“The Ministry of Cults and Religions created the Layman Association this year. That is very good for all the laymen who have a chance to meet each other and share ideas.”

Hun Sen said yesterday that Cambodia had experienced a shortage of laymen and laywomen in 2008, and that’s why the ministry had opened the training courses in 2010.

He also said that laymen need not get involved when the couple adopts Western-style traditions like cutting the cake at their wedding.

“It is not our ceremony, and the laymen cannot order the groom and bride,” he said.

There are more than 30 professional laymen from the Ministry of Cults and Religion, Culture and Fine Arts and Ministry of Information involved in this year’s training.

To contact the reporter on this story: Mom Kunthear at kunthear.mom@phnompenhpost.com

0

Comments

Please, login or register to post a comment

Latest Video

ACLEDA’s boss on how tech is changing financial services

In today’s world of fast-changing technology, Cambodia is seeing increasing innovation in financial services.

ACLEDA President In Channy on the key to the bank’s success

Post Khmer Editor-in-Chief Kay Kimsong sat down with Dr In Channy, President and Group Managing Director of ACLEDA Bank Plc, to explore the main principle guiding Cambodia’s biggest bank.

A taste of Phnom Penh's first container night market

At the launch of Phnom Penh's newest market, The Post spoke to customers and stallholders about what the hub of bars, food stalls, shops and live music will add to the city's nightlife.