Mar 11, 2011


Cambodia's Public Holidays

  • Mar 11, 2011
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  • Public Holiday in 2011

    01 International New Year’s Day
    07 Liberation Day - marking the end of the Khmer Rouge regime.
    03-06 Chinese New Year 
    (year of the Rabbit) - 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.
    18 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.

    08 International Women’s Day

    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.

    01 International Labour Day.

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

    17 Visaka Bochea Day - Birthday of Buddha.
    21 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.

    01 International Childrens Day
    - Some NGO’s organise special activities for children. For the rest of the population the day goes by unnoticed.
    18 Queen’s Birthday - Her Majesty Samdech Preah Reach Aka Mohesey NORODOM MONINEATH SIHANOUK.

    24 Constitution Day and Recoronation Day - of H.M. Preah Bat Samdech Preah NORODOM SIHANOUK.
    26-28 Pchum Ben - Phchum Ben is a celebration where people bring offerings to the monks, and spend a day of worship at the pagoda.

    29 Coronation Day - of King Preah Bat Samdech Preah Boromoneath NORODOM SIHAMONI.
    31 King’s Birthday - His Majesty Preah Bat Samdech Preah NORODOM SIHANOUK’s birthday festivities are held throughout the capital city.

    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.
    09-11 Water and Moon Festival - Bonn Om Touk
    (Water and Moon Festival). 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.

    10 International Human Rights Day

    A festival of many traditional dance forms.

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