Every Saturday and Sunday, I help my grandmother make cakes to sell at the market. My grandmother is good at making cakes wrapped in banana leaves, such as ansom chek rolled banana rice cakes, ansom chrouk rolled pork rice cakes, num kom steamed sweet rice cakes, and num thmei salty bean paste rice cakes, which are delicious. People in her village buy her cakes for wedding ceremonies; for Phchum Ben, a 15-day festival for honoring our ancestors; and for other festivals. We should help promote our traditional Khmer cakes.
My grandmother brings ansom chek rolled banana rice cakes, ansom chrouk rolled pork rice cakes, num kom steamed sweet rice cakes, and num thmei salty bean paste rice cakes, and bananas to the market every day to sell. I always help her in the shop after school. People like buying cakes in her shop because she is friendly and kind and because her cakes are delicious and healthy.
My family visited one of my aunts last month. She uses a mortar and pestle to make Cambodian noodles. I helped grind the rice, and my big sister helped dry the noodles. The people in my aunt's village love her delicious and healthy noodles. We need to preserve the mortar-and-pestle tradition, which has continued for generations.
Last vacation, I visited my relatives' village at harvest time. I woke up early each morning and helped cook and wrap the rice for my aunt to take to the rice field. My uncle climbed palm trees and collected palm juice to sell. He brought the cows to tread on the harvested rice, and my big sister pounded the ears to get whole-grain rice for cooking. We should learn about the traditional way of harvesting rice.
Last vacation was Khmer New Year's, and my family visited a pagoda in my parents' home village. I saw the Sangkranta traditional New Year's celebration, where people do traditional folk dancing, sing songs, and play traditional games. I participated in a pot-breaking game, and my brother participated in a tug of war. My family and I were really happy. As Cambodian citizens, we should preserve our culture and civilization.