Public Holidays in Cambodia 2013



Night view of downtown in Phnom Penh



Views of Angkor Wat Temple at night, Siem Reap Province, Cambodia





January

01 International New Year’s Day

07 Liberation Day - marking the end of the Khmer Rouge regime.

February

10-11 Chinese New Year (year of the snake) - This is the New Year of both the Chinese and Vietnamese lunar calendar. NOT an official holiday, but widely celebrated. Almost all shops are closed.

25 Meak Bochea - Buddhist Ceremony held during the full moon of the month of Meak Bochea in commemoration of the spontaneous gathering of the monks to listen to the buddha’s preaching.

March

08 International Women’s Day

April 

14-16 Khmer New Year - The New Year Festival spans three days following the end of the harvest season. People clean and decorate their houses with altars of offerings. People play many traditional games at this time of the year.

May


01 International Labour Day.

13-15 King’s Sihamoni’s Birthday - His Majesty Preah Bat Samdech Preah Boromoneath NORODOM SIHAMONI.

24 Visak Bochea Day - Birthday of Buddha.

28 Royal Ploughing Ceremony - Bonn Chroat Preah Nongkoal. The Royal Ploughing ceremony starts the planting season. It is performed by a man (King of Meakh) who leads the yoke and plough, and a woman (Queen Me Hour) who sows seeds. The sacred cows are led to silver trays containing rice, corn and other foods. Based on their choice, predictions are made for the coming year.

June

01 International Childrens Day - Some NGO’s organise special activities for children. For the rest of the population the day goes by unnoticed.

18 King Mother’s Birthday - Her Majesty Samdech Preah Reach Aka Mohesey NORODOM MONINEATH SIHANOUK.

September

24 Constitutional Day.

October

03-05 Pchum Ben - Phchum Ben is a celebration where people bring offerings to the monks, and spend a day of worship at the pagoda.
15 Commemoration Day of King's Father, Norodom Sihanouk
29 Coronation Day - of King Preah Bat Samdech Preah Boromoneath NORODOM SIHAMONI.

November

09 Independence Day - The date Cambodia achieved independence from France in 1953 is marked by a parade of spectacular floats highlighting the nation’s achievements.

16-18 Water and Moon Festival - Bonn Om Touk. A three-day festival not only marks the reversing of the current in the Tonle Sap river but ushers in the fishing season as well. The highlight of this event is the boat race in which more than 200 teams compete over three days for the top prize. As night falls, fireworks light the sky

and a lighted flotilla of boats sail under the full moon.

December

10 International Human Rights Day - A festival of many traditional dance forms.


Source: Invest in Cambodia Website