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National holidays

  • New Year’s Day on January 1: Celebrates the beginning of the Gregorian New Year
  • Victory Day on 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 on March 8: This national holiday was established to commemorate the brave history of women around the world
  • Khmer New Year on 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 on 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 on May 13-15: This national holiday was established to celebrate the birthday of HM King Norodom Sihamoni on May 14, 1953.
  • Queen Mother’s Birthday on June 18: This national holiday was established to celebrate the birthday of Queen Mother Norodom Monineath on June 18, 1936.
  • Constitution Day on September 24: This national holiday was established to celebrate the signing of the Cambodian constitution by King Sihanouk.
  • Pchum Ben Festival on September 26-28: 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 Birthday on October 31: This national holiday was established to celebrate the birthday of King Father Norodom Sihanouk on October 31, 1922.
  • Independence Day on November 9: This national holiday was established to celebrate Cambodia’s independence from France in 1953.
  • Water Festival and Boat Racing Festival, moveable November: This national holiday was established to celebrate the time when the water in the Mekong and Tonle Sap river changes course.
  • Mourning Day on November 25: This national holiday was established for the purpose of paying tribute to the victims died and injured during the unexpected tragedy on Koh Pich Bridge (Diamond Bridge).
  • Human Rights Day on 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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