The Cambodian New Year Celebration/Festival was great. The temple had beautiful statues, there were a ton of different vendors that sold Cambodian & non-Cambodian food, vendors that sold Cambodian & Cambodian-American goods/apparel, there was a huge stage for traditional Khmer folk dancing & Khmer ballet, vendors providing information to help assist Cambodians & Cambodian Americans, etc.
It’s completely different to experience another culture through first-hand experience vs. learning about it from my readings. I definitely think that to gain a better insight about another culture, you must delve deeper into it through experience & speaking with those that embrace that specific culture. From my experience at the Celebration, I learned how proud they are of their culture by embracing it through these organized events, the performances, & the resources they are trying to provide to help assist Cambodians & Cambodian Americans that lack support.
If you’ve never been to an organized event or celebration about your culture or another’s, I highly suggest it. It’s a great learning experience. You could learn something about your culture that you never knew about & you can also learn more about another’s. I too think that learning about another’s culture will provide you more knowledge about similarities or differences with yours & will further help you understand others.