Lots of families out at the mall…and yes there were shops open!
I followed a tuk tuk to Sovanna Shopping Mall from near our house. It was full ( about 10 people in it) They went into the mall and had stopped at the bottom of the escalator unsure of what to do. It was so lovely seeing the delight on the children’s faces as they jumped on and were carried up the escalator, then calling down to the older ladies to get on too! I think they must have been visiting Phnom Penh from the province.
One friend here commented on how many Khmer had stayed in Phnom Penh this year compared to last year. There is a shift in families who no longer are based in the provinces but are now all living in Phnom Penh. Lots of our neighbours are away but there were a few which have stayed the whole time at their house.
I have noticed these little hanging spirit shelves outside peoples houses, some of them look new as if they have just been put there. Not sure if they are special to Khmer New Year or not…anyone know?