Pchum Ben festival canceled amid concerns of COVID-19 spread

Health officers and authorities speak with a monk at a pagoda to discuss rapid COVID-19 testing, on the third day of Pchum Ben in Phnom Penh, September 24, 2021. CamboJA/ Pring Samrang

The government announced Thursday it was canceling the 15-day-Pchum Ben festival, which began Wednesday, fearing a spike in COVID-19 cases after cases were traced to pagodas where people had begun gathering for the festival.