1st January International New’s Year Day
7th January Victory Over Genocide Day
2nd February Buddhist Ceremony
Held during the full moon of the month of Meak Bochea in commemoration of the spontaneous gathering of the monks to listen to the Buddha’s preaching.
8th March International Women’s Day
14th 15th 16th April Cambodian New Year
Bonn Chaul Chhnam. (Khmer New Year) Cambodian New Year spans three days after the end of harvest. It’s a time of merriment where Cambodian clean their homes, make offerings and play traditional games such as Boh Angkunh and Chhoal Chhoung.
1st May International Labor’s Day
2th May Visaka Bochea Day
Birthday of Buddha
5th May Royal Ploughing Ceremony
Bonn Chroat Preah Nongkoal (Royal Ploughing Ceremony). The Royal Ploughing ceremony starts the planting season. It is performed by a man (King of Meakh) who leads the yoke and plough, and a woman (Queen Me Hour) who sows seeds. The sacred cows are led to silver trays containing rice, corn and other foods. Based on their choice, predictions are made for the coming year.
13th 14th 15th May King’s Birthday Price Sihamony
Birthday of His Majesty King Norodom Sihamoni.
1st June International Children’s day
18th June Queen’s Birthday
Her Majesty Preah Akkaek Mohesey Norodom Monineath Sihanouk Birthday
24th September Constitution’s Day
10th 11th 12th October Bonn Phchum Ben
Phchum Ben is a celebration where people bring offerings to the Monks, and spend a day of worship at the pagoda.
23rd October Paris Peace Agreement
29th October King Coronation Day
31st October King Birthday
Birthday of His Majesty King Norodom Sihanouk Festivities are held throughout the capital city. A grand fireworks display is held close to the river banks in front of the Royal Palace grounds.
9th November Independent Day
Cambodia became an independent state in 1953.
23th 24th 25th November Water and Moon Festival
Water and Moon Festival. A three-day festival not only marks the reversing of the current in the Tonle Sap river but ushers in the fishing season as well. The highlight of this event is the boat race in which more than 200 teams compete over three days for the top prize. As night falls, fireworks light the sky and a lighted flotilla of boats sail under the full moon.
10th December International Human Right’s day