During the Khmer Rouge Era of 1975-1979 many Cambodians escaped to refugee camps in the neighboring countries of Thailand and Vietnam. Due to the mass amount of refugees, many Cambodians migrated to Canada, USA, France and Australia. In 1981 there were 13,000 Cambodian- Canadian Refugees. Most of the refugees fled to the major cities such as Montreal, Toronto, Ottawa, Calgary and Edmonton. The Jane and Finch neighborhood in Toronto has a large Cambodian population, and the Jane Street and Finch Ave West area is about 4% Cambodian.
Cambodians are commonly known as Theravada Buddhists. Ever since Cambodia was under French colonization, the amount of Christianity increased. All year long Buddhists pray. The Khmer New Year last 3 days in April. It is usually on April 13. However many Cambodian-Canadians celebrate the Khmer New year on the weekend. To celebrate, the Khmer people go pray at a Khmer Buddhist Temple, offering food to the monks and celebrating the new year. Cambodians commonly know going to the temple as going to the "wat". The Religions festival of "Pchum Ben" or also known as "Ancestor's Day" in English is the remembrance of deceased. The day is a time when many Cambodians pay their respects to deceased relatives. People cook meals for monks, bring offerings to the temple and throw rice near the temple early in the morning, believing that the ghosts of their ancestors will receive it.