For some Cambodian teenagers, the culture of Valentine’s Day keep evolving year by year. When the 14th of February comes, kiosks selling roses are everywhere, especially in front of High Schools. From my observation, there is increase of rose venders in Phnom Penh. Though I did not have a gut to ask the price of rose, I heard the price also increases. Love is just all around; even the hamburger egg at Mando Restaurant has shape of heart!! Hanging around a few hours, I noticed that somehow couples look more intimate than usual on their bikes today.
Is that really the day to celebrate genius love? There are many different ideas concerning the Valentine’s Day here, as well as how it should be translated into Khmer. It could be a good day to express your love to your loved one, or probably to tell someone your hidden feeling. To some teens, however, it becomes the sacred day to sexually celebrate their love. It is rumoured that most of guest houses and hotels fully booked today. A few years back, I used to hear that in Thailand teenagers choose Valentine’s Day as their sacred day to lose or sacrifice their virginities, but now apparently it has come to the land of wonder.
According to a study titled “Young People Talking About Valentine’s Day in Phnom Penh, 2008” by independent researcher Tong Soprach, 66 percent of males planned to have sex with their partners regardless of consent, with 39.5 percent of those males losing their virginity.
If you are in Phnom Penh down town, above scenery is something that you hard to miss.
Got some better photos, but I decide to choose this one as at least they are masked. Hopefully I won’t be charged against privacy violation.
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