Today may be Halloween, but it is also a big holiday for our Cambodian neighbors. Pchum Ben is a month-long festival in October that culminates on the final day of the month. It is a tradition that comes from both Buddhism and animism and it allows people to respect and remember their ancestors. A major component of the celebration are flavored balls of rice which are shared, especially with Buddhist monks. At least that’s my elementary understanding of Pchum Ben. For a more detailed explanation, check out this article in the Phnom Penh Post.