The ASEAN Country especially those Buddhist countries like Cambodia, Thailand, Laos, Miyama, etc. They have their own culture, tradition, religion.
What fascinating is, that the living style differences among different origins, even though they belong to one same country, might be quite different.
Nevertheless, they share the same core culture values. As one of the Buddhist countries, Cambodian people believe in praying for a good fortune; people believe that – Buddha could help them chase their own Happiness.
So, when a construction work is going to start, a Ground Breaking Ceremony will need to be held by land owner. That is because people believe there is Gods or Demons around their homes, e.g. above the ground and lands, and which need to be comforted through a ceremony praying.
That is to show their respect. Otherwise, everything could have gone bizarre.
For some deeply religious people and/or organizations, they not only proceed a Ground Breaking Ceremony, but also proceed for the ceremonies when starting other construction parts e.g. for Column, Step, Roof, Slap etc.
Cocochi Designs Group team recently attended one, for a big project. : – )
Here is an usual flow for such ceremony, according to our Cambodian team member, Mr. So PEN.
- Fruits, cake, soft drinks, alcohols, meats (Pig) – served for the God.
- The Monks sit at the front stage towards the organizer and the guests.
- The Monks pray in a Bali Language.
- The Monks spread the blessings through water, called: Pros Prom.
- The Monks pray for the organizer in Bali language and spread water blessings, to bring a good sign into the whole construction project.
- Ground Breaking Activity: The construction project owner to cut the red robe and fill the soil into a man-made hole. This is deemed as a symbol of Construction Starting (starts from now).
- Prepare fruits, meats for the Monks (the Monks can bring meats back to temple and give it to their adherents).
- The Monks leave and return back to Pagoda.
- All attendees can enjoy fruits, meats etc. after the Monks left.