Khmer New Year Celebrations

Happy Khmer New Year 2023 – Year of the Rabbit! With Lowell home to the 2nd largest population of Cambodian Americans in the United States, there are no shortage of ways to celebrate with our Khmer neighbors through the entire month of April. Below you’ll find several events open to the public to celebrate. Did we miss something? Email

Friday, April 14th

4:30 AM – Welcome the Khmer New Year Angel with a Facebook live watch party with Cambodian Mutual Assistance Association

10:00 AM – Cambodian Flag Raising at City Hall (will also be streamed live)

Friday, April 14th through Sunday, April 16th

9:00 AM – Celebrate Khmer New Year with Vatt Khmer Lowell & Khmer American Cultural Center

Saturday, April 15th through Sunday, April 16th

Khmer New Year celebrations at the Glory Buddhist Temple

Friday, April 21st

6:00 PM – UML’s Cambodian American Student Association Celebration – Samakey: The Ties Between Us

7:00 PM – A Night to Remember – Funan Art School performance at the Cyrus Irish Auditorium (Lowell High School)

Saturday, April 22nd

9:00 AM – 1:00 PM – Khmer New Year at the Lowell Senior Center

1:00 PM – Parade from the Lowell Senior Center to Clemente Park

12:00 PM – 5:00 PM – Khmer New Year at Clemente Park

Support Khmer businesses

Cambodia Town is rich with small businesses including markets, salons, restaurants, cafes, and retail. Exploring Cambodia Town (primarily located on Middlesex & Branch Streets around Pailin Plaza and Clemente Park) is one way to discover your new favorite business or restaurant.

Additionally, the Cambodian Mutual Assistance Association (CMAA) is highlighting a variety of Khmer businesses on their Facebook page. You can view some of the videos here. You can also use our interactive map of Lowell to find the variety of Cambodian restaurants here in the city: click here to view the map, filtered by Cambodian restaurants and cafes.