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Chhay Yam is a comic, improvised dance accompanied by long drums which often precedes a ceremonial parade.

Chhay Yam features the long-drum (skor chhay yam), clashing hand-held cymbals, wooden clackers (Krab), and other noisemakers made of commonly found materials. The performers show off in comic masks and exaggerated hair styles and make-up. Communal and spontaneous, the combination of drumming, comic exhibitions, and animated vernacular call-and-response vocals (at times nonsensical) are characteristics of Chhay Yam.

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