In Cambodia, Theravada Buddhism is deeply rooted in the culture. The Buddhist teachings of Love, Compassion, and Honesty are the moral standard of the people. Traditionally, most young boys and men become monks for some period of their life. Many, as a means to obtain an education. Others to show devotion to their beliefs.
Laypeople also show their devotion to the Buddha during an annual celebration called Chol Preah Vasa. Beginning in July and continuing for 3 months, laypeople perform a rain-retreat - a period to devote themselves to study and practice Dhamma (mindfulness of the plain, undistorted truth of the Buddha's teachings). During this period, these laypeople take up residence in a local Pagoda where the monks are also performing a similar devotional ritual.