Some prayed for their businesses to prosper and for the CPP and CNRP to reconcile, others for peace and development. These and other wishes were made at pagodas across Phnom Penh and the rest of the country on Thursday, as the Pchum Ben festival got underway in earnest. The 15-day-long festival marks the time when the deadósometimes seven generations backócome to receive offerings from their living relatives.