CNY vs. Cambodia Colour & Detail Opulence

If you too were thinking of wearing something black today but then heard this inner voice begging you to think twice, then this article is especially for you 🙂

In Chinese culture, it is the time of the year when red and bright colours are more important than ever. For 3 days starting from today, all Chinese communities around the globe will be celebrating the Year of the Rooster. There is a strong traditional belief amongst Asian Cultures, that some colours [namely red and other bright shades] are auspicious and that anything dark is not. Being half Chinese half Cambodian, I know [twice] what i am talking about.

I remember those countless times, when i was [much] younger, being forced by my mum to wear a bright-pink-princess dress or a flamboyant orange jumper way to big for me. I am pretty sure she didn’t care much about what would suit me and whether the top would go well with the bottom as long as i was covered with blinding colours. Looking back at it, it’s quite possible that the “wow” and “oulala” my long-time-not-seen aunties and uncles were greeting me with were not to express how tall i grew or how pretty I got but to scream off their painful eyes. That is how strong the belief was and probably still is.

To celebrate this Monkey-to-Rooster transition, we wanted to share few of our favourite colourful Art & Architecture inspirations from Cambodia. Enjoy the rich and energising colours, get mesmerised by the refined details, be charmed by the traditional Khmer culture and we wish you the most auspicious and opulent 2017 Rooster New Year!

 

1-PAINTING OF BUDDHA’S FACE IN 100 COLORS

 

2-HERITAGE TILES FROM THE NATIONAL MUSEUM

 

3-THE NATIONAL MUSEUM’S CAPTIVATING RED ROOF

 

4- TRADITIONAL KHMER SHADOW PUPPET SHOW