Public holidays in Cambodia

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List of holidays observed in Cambodia.

Public holidays[edit]

Name Date Remarks
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 national holiday 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 national holiday 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 national holiday 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, Preahmahaviraksat, 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 Assembly's adoption and proclamation of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights.

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