Public holidays in Cambodia

Here you find a list of the Cambodian holidays for the year 2013. It contains many traditional festivals and Buddhist holidays, which are based on lunar calendars. So most Cambodian holiday dates change from year to year.


International New Year's Day
The celebration of New Year's Eve has become more and more popular in Cambodia but not really a official public holiday.
Tuesday, 1 January 2013

Victory over Genocide Day
This national holiday marks the end of the Khmer Rouge regime after their defeat to the Vietnamese. 
Monday, 7 January 2013

Chinese New Year
First new moon in the Chinese lunar calendar. Not an offical holiday. 
Sunday, 10 February 2013
Monday, 11 February 2013                                                                                                    

Meak Bochea Day /Magha Puja Day
An important Buddhist holy day, celebrated on the full moon day of the third lunar month in the Buddhist Calendar. Day is for the veneration of Buddha and his teachings.
Monday, 25 February 2013

Women's Day
International day for women. 
Friday, 8 March 2013

Cambodian Khmer New Year/Chaul Chnam Thmey
Khmer New Year is Cambodia's most important holiday in the year. They travel to their hometowns to spend the holiday with their families. The holiday lasts for three days beginning on New Year's Day. This time of the year is at the end of the harvesting season. The farmers enjoy the fruits of their harvest and relax before the rainy season begins. Sok Sabay, Ch'nam Tmey means Happy New Year!
Sunday, 14 April 2013
Monday, 15 April 2013
Tuesday, 16 April 2013

Labour Day / May Day
Wednesday, 1 May 2013

HM King Sihamoni's Birthday
The birthday of King Norodom Sihamoni on 14 May 1953.
Monday, 13 May 2013
Tuesday, 14 May 2013
Wednesday, 15 May 2013

Visaka Bochea / Visaka Buja Day
Buddhist observance commemorating the birth, enlightenment and passing of the Buddha
Friday, 24 May 2013

Royal Ploughing Day Ceremony
Known in Cambodia as Pithi Chrat Preah Neangkol, this public holiday corresponds to the start of the planting season.
Tuesday, 28 May 2013

Children's Day
International and Cambodian Children's Day celebrated to raise awareness of children abuse, children trafficking and children labour.
Saturday, 1 June 2013

HM the Queen Mother's Birthday
The birthday of The Queen Mother Norodom Monineath Sihanouk.
Tuesday, 18 June 2013

Constitution day
A public holiday called to celebrate the anniversary signing of the Cambodian new constitution by King Sihanouk on 24 September 1993.
Tuesday, 24 Sepember 2013

Pchum Ben Day
Celebrations of the Ancestors. Cambodians visit many pagodas over two weeks.  They give Food, flowers, rice and other gifts to the monks to convey to the afterlife so the dead do not haunt the living. 
Thursday, 3 October 2013
Friday, 4 October 2013
Saturday, 5 October 2013

Commemoration Day of King's Father Norodom Sihanouk                                                   Memorial Day in honour of the late King's Father Norodom Sihanouk.
This is a newly-signed holiday which in 2013.
Tuesday, 15 October 2013

Paris Peace Agreement Day
The signing of peace treaty in Paris on October 23, 1991.
Wednesday, 23 October 2013

Cambodia Coronation Day
Cambodia Coronation Day is the anniversary of the coronation of current King Norodom Sihamoni.
Tuesday, 29 October 2013

Cambodia Independence Day
Marks anniversary of independence from France.
Saturday, 9 November 2013

Water Festival / Bon Om Thook
Celebrating the end of the raining season. Dragon boats race for three days on the river in Phnom Penh and Siem Reap.  
Saturday, 16 November 2013
Sunday, 17 November 2013
Monday, 18 November 2013

Human Rights Day
A United Nations-inspired holiday. 
Tuesday, 10 December 2013

Not an official holiday in Cambodia.
Wednesday, 25 December 2013



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