Public Holidays

Public Holidays in Cambodia are plentiful

public holidays in cambodia, informationPublic Holidays are an important issue for the people here in Cambodia and will be strictly enforced in most cases.

Therefore, it is a good idea to take account of local and public holidays in the  travel planning t. It is good to know that the guest Houses and hotels in Sihanoukville  increase their room rates in the resorts and usually the taxis require a surcharge as well.




Intercity buses in Cambodia, which are also used by tourists can be very crowded on holidays and accordingly the heavily traveled highways.

Banks, post offices and all public facilities will be closed during the holidays in Cambodia.
Shops and markets on the other hand remain largely open. So that you can spend your Cambodia holidays relaxed and with no surprises.

You will find here an overview of the Public Holidays in Cambodia, with date and a brief description

New Year’s Day
January 1
Celebrates the beginning of the Gregorian New Year

Victory Day
January 7
This national holiday was established to commemorate the end of the Khmer Rouge regime in 1979

Meak Bochea
moveable
February
This national holiday was established to commemorate the spontaneous gathering of monks to listen to the Buddha’s preaching

International Woman’s Day
March 8
This national holiday was established to commemorate the brave history of women around the world

Khmer New Year
April 14-16
This public holidays was established to celebrate the New Year in Cambodia. The holiday lasts for three days and is considered to be the most important festival on the calendar.

Visaka Bochea
moveable
April or May
This national holiday was established as a Buddhist observance commemorating the birth, enlightenment and passing of the Buddha.

Labor Day
May 1
This national holiday was established to celebrate the economic and social achievements of workers.

Royal Ploughing Ceremony
moveable
May
This national holiday corresponds to the start of the planting season.

King Sihamoni’s Birthday
May 13-15
This public holidays was established to celebrate the birthday of HM King Norodom Sihamoni on May 14, 1953.

International Children’s Day
June 1
This national holiday was established to celebrate the memorial and try to keep the children safe

Queen Mother’s Birthday
June 18
This national holiday was established to celebrate the birthday of Queen Mother Norodom Monineath on June 18, 1936.

Constitution Day
September 24
This national holiday was established to celebrate the signing of the Cambodian constitution by King Sihanouk.

Pchum Ben Festival
moveable
September or October
This public holidays was established for buddhist to pay their respects to deceased relatives by cooking meals for monks and making offerings to the “ghost” of deceased relatives. It is also known as “Ancestor’s Day”.

King Father’s Commemoration Day
October 15
This national holiday for Commemoration Day to the Royal Soul of His Majesty Preah Bat Samdech Preah Norodom Sihanouk, Preahmaha viraksat, King-Father of the Cambodian National Independence, Territorial Integrity and Unity on October 15, 2012.

Paris Peace Agreement Day
October 23
This holiday is to commemorate the Treaty of Paris on October 23, 1991.

Independence Day
November 9
This national holiday was established to celebrate Cambodia’s independence from France in 1953.

Water Festival
moveable
November
This national holiday was established to commemorate ancient Cambodian navy soldiers under King Jayavarman VII during the Khmer Empire.

Human Rights Day
December 10
This national holiday was established to commemorate the United Nations General




 

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