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

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 [email protected]

MOST VIEWED

  • Japan bank buys major stake in ANZ Royal Bank

    Japan's largest bank acquired more than half of ANZ’s shares in Cambodia on Thursday, according to a statement from Kith Meng’s Royal Group. Japan's JTrust Bank, announced that they had acquired a 55% of stake in ANZ Royal Bank. According to a Royal Group

  • Proof giants walked among us humans?

    For years a debate has waged about whether certain bas relief carvings at the 12th-century To Prohm Temple, one of the most popular attractions at the Angkor Wat Temple Complex in Siem Reap province, depicted dinosaurs or some rather less exotic and more contemporary animal,

  • Long way to go before Cambodia gets a ‘smart city’

    Phnom Penh, Siem Reap and Battambang will struggle to attain smart city status without adopting far reaching master plans, according to officials tasked with implementing the program. The brainchild of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (Asean), the smart city program seeks to link up

  • Endangered animals found dead in Pailin

    An endangered gaur was one of “many” wild animals found dead in “dozens” of illegal traps in Pailin province’s Phnom Khieu Wildlife Sanctuary, said Chit Thy, a military officer working with rangers to protect the conservation area, on Wednesday. Thy, an officer in the 507