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Public Holiday in Cambodia

Public Holiday in Cambodia for Year 2015

January 01: International New Year’s Day

January 07: Liberation day on Pol Pot's regime

February 03: Meak Bochea

In the Buddha’s day falls on the full moon day of third lunar month, sometimes toward February. Magha is the name of a month in the lunar calendar used in ancient India and also Visak. The word Pujea means signified worship, so Magh Pujea means the worship in the month of Magh. Buddhists always celebrate this ceremony every year, because This Day is also known as the day of the Fourfold Assembly and the Lord Buddha also had delivered his the Main Discipline Discourses. 

March 08:
 International Women's day

April 14-15-16: Cambodian New Year

A three-day celebration after the end of harvest to mark the turn of The New Year according to the Khmer lunar calendar. Every home is seen with attractive decorations. shrines are full of food and beverages given as offerings to Buddha.. Other people attend Buddhist temples where traditional games are also performed. Click here for more details... 

May 01: International Labour Day

May 02: Visak Bochea Day - Birthday of Buddha.

Visakha is the name of a lunar month, Puja means worship, so Vasakha Puja Day means the day of worship on the month of Visakha. It is the most sacred occasion for the whole Buddhist Community, as we know that it make three important events in the Buddha’s life, those are: his birth, enlightenment and Great Demise which all took place on the full-moon of Sixth Lunar month or Vasak.

May 06: Royal Ploughing Ceremony

It is culturally celebrated to alert the nation of the commencement of rainy season, and farmers to be ready for farming rice by starting to plough. The venue is a field at a wing of Royal Palace, Phnom Penh. The scene is interesting as it depicts real ploughing activities where cows are given a variety of crops to eat. Based on the choices of crops eaten by the cows, prediction are made for the coming year. Click here for more details...  

May 13-14-15: Royal Birthday of King Sihamoni
During king's birthday, a giant firework display is held close to the riverbanks in front of the Royal Palace.

June 01: International and Cambodian Children's Day

June 18: H.M. The Queen's birthday - Mother of the King

September 24: Constitutional day

October 11-12-13: Pchum Ben Day - The Soul Day

A religious festival to bless the souls of ancestors, relatives and friends alike who have passed away. Household members attend Buddhist temples. Click here for more details... 

October 15: Commemoration Day of King Norodom Sihanouk

October 23: Anniversary of the Paris Peace Agreement

October 29: King's Coronation Day

November 09: National Independence Day

November 25-26-27: Water and Moon Festival and Boat Racing

Not only it marks the reversing flow of Tonle Sap River but also ushers in the fishing season. The Highlight of the event is boat races over three days. As night falls, fireworks light the sky and a lighted flotilla of boats sail under full moon to whom household worships. Some analysts say the celebration is also a thanksgiving to the Mekong River for providing the country with fertile land. People from all walks of life gather on the bank of the Mekong River for days and nights. Click here for more details...

December 10: Human Rights Day

Mid December: Angkor Festival
This festival is a showcase of performing arts with Angkor Wat as a backdrop. Performers from all over Asia attend this festival performing great epic stories from myths and legends, including the Ramayana, with their own national dance costumes and musical and rhythmic interpretations. Former King Sihanouk often attends when he is in residence in Siem Reap and other dignitaries come to witness this wonderful spectacle.

Early/Late December: Angkor Half Marathon
International Half marathon. Held at the world renowned Angkor Wat an event which attracts competitors from all over the world. With thousands of spectators and the wonder of Angkor Wat, it is a spectacular setting.